Butter

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Various origins:

  • From butter, a metonymic occupational surname for a dairyman or seller of butter.
  • From Old French butor (bittern), a nickname for someone who resembled a bittern, perhaps because of his voice.
  • Borrowed from Dutch and German Butter, possibly a short form of various compound names.

Proper noun[edit]

Butter (plural Butters)

  1. A surname.

Statistics[edit]

  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Butter is the 39164th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 562 individuals. Butter is most common among White (72.95%) and Black/African American (10.14%) individuals.

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German buter, butter, from Old High German butera, from Proto-West Germanic *buterā, borrowed from Latin butyra, collective plural of butyrum.

Though originally feminine, the word became masculine throughout Upper German and in southern dialects of West Central German. The now established feminine gender is East Central German, reinforced by Middle Low German boter f.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈbʊtɐ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʊtɐ

Noun[edit]

Butter f (genitive Butter, plural Buttern) or
Butter (dialectal) m (strong, genitive Butters, plural Butter)

  1. butter
    Synonym: (Switzerland) Anke

Usage notes[edit]

  • In the formal standard language, Butter is exclusively feminine. Masculine use is sometimes adopted from local dialects into colloquial German, especially in Swabia.

Declension[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Related terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Lower Sorbian: butra

Further reading[edit]

  • Butter” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  • Butter” in Uni Leipzig: Wortschatz-Lexikon
  • Butter” in Duden online
  • Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg Butter on the German Wikipedia.Wikipedia de

Hunsrik[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German buter, from Old High German butira, from Proto-West Germanic *buterā, from Latin būtȳrum, from Ancient Greek βούτυρον (boúturon).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Butter f

  1. butter
    Ich esse Brod mit Butter.
    I eat bread with butter.

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