Butcher Butch"er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Butchered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Butchering}.] 1. To kill or slaughter (animals) for food, or for market; as, to butcher hogs. [1913 Webster]

2. To murder, or kill, especially in an unusually bloody or barbarous manner. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

[Ithocles] was murdered, rather butchered. --Ford. [1913 Webster]

3. to bungle badly; to botch; -- used also when an object is damaged (literally or figuratively) in an activity; as, the new choir butchered the hymn.

Syn: mangle. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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