I. conjunction Etymology: Middle English, from Old English būtan, preposition & conjunction, outside, without, except, except that; akin to Old High German būzan without, except; akin to Old English be by, ūt out — more at by, out Date: before 12th century 1. a. except for the fact <
would have protested but that he was afraid
b. that — used after a negative <
there is no doubt but he won
c. without the concomitant that <
it never rains but it pours
d. if not ; unless e. than <
no sooner started but it stopped
— not often in formal use 2. a. on the contrary ; on the other hand ; notwithstanding — used to connect coordinate elements <
he was called but he did not answer
not peace but a sword
b. yet <
poor but proud
c. with the exception of — used before a word often taken to be the subject of a clause <
none but the brave deserves the fair — John Dryden
II. preposition Date: before 12th century 1. a. with the exception of ; barring <
no one there but me
— compare but I,2c b. other than <
this letter is nothing but an insult
2. Scottish a. without, lacking b. outside III. adverb Date: 12th century 1. only, merely <
he is but a child
2. Scottish outside 3. to the contrary <
who knows but that she may succeed
4. — used as an intensive <
get there but fast
IV. pronoun Date: 1556 that not ; who not <
nobody but has his fault — Shakespeare
V. noun Etymology: Scots but, adjective (outer) Date: 1724 Scottish the kitchen or living quarters of a 2-room cottage

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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