See also: Butch
Originally it was probably used as an abbreviation of butcher. Later, in the 1940s, the sense "masculine lesbian" was developed.
- (slang, originally Polari) Very masculine, with a masculine appearance or attitude.
- 1998, Kath Weston, Render Me, Gender Me: Lesbians Talk Sex, Class, Color, Nation, Studmuffins
- Then I started going out with different kinds of women, and I started feeling more like I wanted to be more butch. […] I feel much more butch than I feel femme.
of a man
butch (plural butches)