butterball

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

butter +‎ ball

Noun[edit]

butterball (plural butterballs)

  1. A round lump of a coagulated fat used in cooking such as butter, margarine, or a spread
  2. (derogatory) An overweight person.
    • 1988, Vicki Lansky, Fat-Proofing your Children – so that they Never Become Diet-Addicted Adults, page 62
      "What if your baby is a butterball? Does Fat-Proofing mean you should put your infant on diet?."
  3. A small North American duck.
    • 1917, in the Hunter-Trader-Trapper, volume 34, page 37:
      The skipper had his eye on a bunch of butterballs feeding not far from the boat. In fact there were ducks all around — though he did not tell me so.

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