butcher

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman boucher, from Old French bouchier (goat slaughterer), from bouc (goat), of Germanic origin. More at buck.

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Noun[edit]

butcher (plural butchers)

  1. A person who prepares and sells meat (and sometimes also slaughters the animals).
  2. (by extension) A brutal or indiscriminate killer.
    • Shakespeare
      Butcher of an innocent child.
  3. (Cockney rhyming slang, from butcher's hook) A look.
  4. (informal, obsolete) A person who sells candy, drinks, etc. in theatres, trains, circuses, etc.

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Verb[edit]

butcher (third-person singular simple present butchers, present participle butchering, simple past and past participle butchered)

  1. (transitive) To slaughter (animals) and prepare (meat) for market.
  2. (transitive) To kill brutally.
  3. (transitive) To ruin (something), often to the point of defamation.
    The band at that bar really butchered "Hotel California".

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