butt
I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French buter, boter, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German bōzan to beat — more at beat Date: 13th century intransitive verb to thrust or push headfirst ; strike with the head or horns transitive verb to strike or shove with the head or horns II. noun Date: 1647 a blow or thrust usually with the head or horns III. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French but, bout, from Old Occitan bota, from Late Latin buttis Date: 14th century 1. a large cask especially for wine, beer, or water 2. any of various units of liquid capacity; especially a measure equal to 108 imperial gallons (491 liters) IV. noun Etymology: Middle English, partly from Middle French but target, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse būtr log, Low German butt blunt; partly from Middle French bute goal, target, mound, from but target Date: 14th century 1. a. a backstop (as a mound or bank) for catching missiles shot at a target b. target c. plural range 5c d. a blind for shooting birds 2. a. obsolete limit, bound b. archaic goal <
here is my journey's end, here is my butt — Shakespeare
>
3. an object of abuse or ridicule ; victim <
the butt of all their jokes
>
V. noun Etymology: Middle English; probably akin to Middle English buttok buttock, Low German butt blunt Date: 15th century 1. buttocks — often used as a euphemism for ass in idiomatic expressions <
get your butt over here
>
<
kick butt
>
<
saved our butts
>
2. the large or thicker end part of something: a. a lean upper cut of the pork shoulder b. the base of a plant from which the roots spring c. the thicker or handle end of a tool or weapon 3. a. an unused remainder (as of a cigarette or cigar) b. slang cigarette 4. the part of a hide or skin corresponding to the animal's back and sides VI. verb Etymology: partly from 4butt, partly from 5butt Date: 1634 intransitive verb abut — used with on or against transitive verb 1. to place end to end or side to side without overlapping 2. to trim or square off (as a log) at the end 3. to reduce (as a cigarette) to a butt by stubbing or stamping

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
, , , / / , / , , (with the head or the horns), , (colloq.)


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