butts in


3 [buht]
verb (used with object)
to strike or push with the head or horns.
verb (used without object)
to strike or push something or at something with the head or horns.
to project.
Machinery. (of wheels in a gear train) to strike one another instead of meshing.
a push or blow with the head or horns.
Verb phrases
butt in, to meddle in the affairs or intrude in the conversation of others; interfere: It was none of his concern, so he didn't butt in.
butt out, to stop meddling in the affairs or intruding in the conversation of others: Nobody asked her opinion, so she butted out.

1150–1200; Middle English butten < Anglo-French buter, Old French boter to thrust, strike < Germanic; compare Middle Dutch botten to strike, sprout

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butt1 (bʌt)
1.  the thicker or blunt end of something, such as the end of the stock of a rifle
2.  the unused end of something, esp of a cigarette; stub
3.  tanning the portion of a hide covering the lower backside of the animal
4.  informal (US), (Canadian) the buttocks
5.  (US) a slang word for cigarette
6.  building trades butt joint short for butt hinge
[C15 (in the sense: thick end of something, buttock): related to Old English buttuc end, ridge, Middle Dutch bot stumpy]

butt2 (bʌt)
1.  a person or thing that is the target of ridicule, wit, etc
2.  shooting, archery
 a.  a mound of earth behind the target on a target range that stops bullets or wide shots
 b.  the target itself
 c.  (plural) the target range
3.  a low barrier, usually of sods or peat, behind which sportsmen shoot game birds, esp grouse
4.  archaic goal; aim
vb (usually foll by on or against)
5.  to lie or be placed end on to; abut: to butt a beam against a wall
[C14 (in the sense: mark for archery practice): from Old French but; related to French butte knoll, target]

butt3 (bʌt)
1.  to strike or push (something) with the head or horns
2.  (intr) to project; jut
3.  (intr; foll by in or into) to intrude, esp into a conversation; interfere; meddle
4.  informal chiefly (US), (Canadian) butt out to stop interfering or meddling
5.  a blow with the head or horns
[C12: from Old French boter, of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch botten to strike; see beat, button]

butt4 (bʌt)
1.  a large cask, esp one with a capacity of two hogsheads, for storing wine or beer
2.  a US unit of liquid measure equal to 126 US gallons
[C14: from Old French botte, from Old Provençal bota, from Late Latin buttis cask, perhaps from Greek butinē chamber pot]

Butt (bʌt)
Dame Clara. 1872--1936, English contralto

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Word Origin & History

"thick end," O.E. buttuc "end, small piece of land," akin to O.N. butr "short." In sense of "human posterior" it is recorded from mid-15c. Meaning "remainder of a smoked cigarette" first recorded 1847.

"barrel," late 14c., from Anglo-Norm. but and O.Fr. bot "barrel, wineskin" (14c., Mod.Fr. botte), from L.L. buttis "cask" (see bottle). Usually a cask holding 108 to 140 gallons, or roughly two hogsheads, but the measure varied greatly.

"target of a joke," 1610s, originally "target for shooting practice" (mid-14c.), from O.Fr. but "aim, goal, end, target (of an arrow, etc.)," 13c., perhaps from butte "mound, knoll," from Frank. *but (cf. O.N. butr "log of wood"), which would connect it with butt (n.1).

"hit with the head," c.1200, from Anglo-Norm. buter, from O.Fr. boter "to push, shove, knock; to thrust against," from V.L. *bottare "thrust," or from Frankish (cf. O.N. bauta, Low Ger. boten "to strike, beat"), from P.Gmc. *butan, from PIE base *bhau- "to strike" (see
batter (v.)). To butt in "rudely intrude" is Amer.Eng., 1900.
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