Meaning of BUTT in English


I. ˈbət 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

- butt heads

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


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


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 butt s

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


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 butt (IV), partly from butt (V)

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

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.