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Etymology 1[edit]

Shortened from buttered sandwich or bun etc. See -y.


  • (Northern English accents) IPA(key): /ˈbʊti/
  • (some other UK accents, US accents) IPA(key): /ˈbʌti/


butty (plural butties)

  1. (UK, chiefly Northern England, New Zealand) A sandwich, usually with a hot savoury filling in a breadcake. The most common are chips, bacon, sausage and egg.
    Let's have a bacon butty!
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Etymology 2[edit]


butty (plural butties)

  1. (mining) A miner who works under contract, receiving a fixed amount per ton of coal or ore.
    • 1913, DH Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 1
      But Alfred Charlesworth did not forgive the butty these public-house sayings. Consequently, although Morel was a good miner, sometimes earning as much as five pounds a week when he married, [...]
  2. A workmate.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.