buttonhole

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Originally buttonhold (a loop of string to hold a button down), but changed by folk etymology by influence of hole; see the Wikipedia article on folk etymology

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

buttonhole (plural buttonholes)

  1. A hole through which a button is pushed to secure a garment or some part of one.
  2. (chiefly UK) a flower worn in a buttonhole for decoration

Synonyms[edit]

  • (flower worn in the buttonhole for decoration): boutonniere

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Verb[edit]

buttonhole (third-person singular simple present buttonholes, present participle buttonholing, simple past and past participle buttonholed)

  1. To detain (a person) in conversation against their will.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (detain (a person) in conversation against their will): accost, waylay

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