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butt

Noun

1 thick end of the handle [syn: butt end]
2 a victim of ridicule or pranks [syn: goat, laughingstock, stooge]
3 the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; "he deserves a good kick in the butt"; "are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?" [syn: buttocks, nates, arse, backside, bum, buns, can, fundament, hindquarters, hind end, keister, posterior, prat, rear, rear end, rump, stern, seat, tail, tail end, tooshie, tush, bottom, behind, derriere, fanny, ass]
4 sports equipment consisting of an object set up for a marksman or archer to aim at [syn: target]
5 finely ground tobacco wrapped in paper; for smoking [syn: cigarette, cigaret, coffin nail, fag]
6 a joint made by fastening ends together without overlapping [syn: butt joint]
7 a large cask (especially one holding a volume equivalent to 2 hogsheads or 126 gallons)
8 the small unused part of something (especially the end of a cigarette that is left after smoking) [syn: stub]

Verb

1 lie adjacent to another or share a boundary; "Canada adjoins the U.S."; "England marches with Scotland" [syn: border, adjoin, edge, abut, march, butt against, butt on]
2 to strike, thrust or shove against, often with head or horns; "He butted his sister out of the way" [syn: bunt]
3 place end to end without overlapping; "The frames must be butted at the joints"

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Noun

  1. The rear end of an animal or human; rear end.
  2. The buttocks; used as a euphemism, less objectionable than arse/ass
    • Get up off your butt and get to work.
  3. Body; self.
    • Get your butt to the car.
    • We can't chat today. I have to get my butt to work before I'm late.
  4. The larger or thicker end of anything; the blunt end, in distinction from the sharp end; as, the butt of a rifle. Formerly also spelled but.
  5. A limit; a bound; a goal; the extreme bound; the end.
    • 1604, William Shakespeare, Othello, Act V, Scene II, line 267.
      Here is my journey's end, here is my butt / And very sea-mark of my utmost sail.
  6. A mark to be shot at; a target.
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act I, Scene II, line 186.
      To which is fixed, as an aim or butt...
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 37.
      The inhabitants of all cities and towns were ordered to make butts, and to keep them in repair, under a penalty of twenty shillings per month, and to exercise themselves in shooting at them on holidays.
  7. A piece of land left unplowed at the end of a field.
  8. A person at whom ridicule, jest, or contempt is directed; as, the butt of the company.
  9. A push, thrust, or sudden blow, given by the head of an animal; as, the butt of a ram.
  10. A thrust in fencing.
  11. The plastic or rubber cap used to cover the open end of a lacrosse stick's shaft in order to prevent injury.
  12. The portion of a half-coupling fastened to the end of a hose.
  13. The end of a connecting rod or other like piece, to which the boxing is attached by the strap, cotter, and gib.
  14. In the context of "mechanical": A joint where the ends of two objects come squarely together without scarfing or chamfering; – also called a butt joint.
  15. In the context of "carpentry": A kind of hinge used in hanging doors, etc.; so named because fastened on the edge of the door, which butts against the casing, instead of on its face, like the strap hinge; also called butt hinge.
  16. In the context of "shipbuilding": The joint where two planks in a strake meet.
  17. In the context of "leather trades": The thickest and stoutest part of tanned oxhides, used for soles of boots, harness, trunks.
  18. The hut or shelter of the person who attends to the targets in rifle practice.
  19. In the context of "English units": An English measure of capacity for liquids, containing 126 wine gallons; equivalent to the pipe.
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, p. 205.
      Again, by 28 Hen. VIII, cap. 14, it is re-enacted that the tun of wine should contain 252 gallons, a butt of Malmsey 126 gallons, a pipe 126 gallons, a tercian or puncheon 84 gallons, a hogshead 63 gallons, a tierce 41 gallons, a barrel 31.5 gallons, a rundlet 18.5 gallons. –
  20. A wooden cask for storing wine, usually containing 126 gallons.
    • 1611, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act II, Scene II, line 121.
      ...I escap'd upon a butt of sack which the sailors heav'd o'erboard...

Translations

headbutt
buttstock (of a rifle)
buttocks

Verb

  1. To strike bluntly, particularly with the head.

Translations

to strike bluntly

Extensive Definition

Butt may refer to:
Butt may also be used for:
People with the surname Butt:
butt in German: Butt
butt in French: Butt

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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