Meaning of BUTT in English


butt 1

/but/ , n.

1. the end or extremity of anything, esp. the thicker, larger, or blunt end considered as a bottom, base, support, or handle, as of a log, fishing rod, or pistol.

2. an end that is not used or consumed; remnant: a cigar butt.

3. a lean cut of pork shoulder.

4. Slang. the buttocks.

5. Slang. a cigarette.

[ 1400-50; late ME bott (thick) end, buttock, OE butt tree stump (in place names); akin to Sw but stump, Dan but stubby; cf. BUTTOCK ]

butt 2

/but/ , n.

1. a person or thing that is an object of wit, ridicule, sarcasm, contempt, etc.

2. a target.

3. (on a rifle range)

a. a wall of earth located behind the targets to prevent bullets from scattering over a large area.

b. butts , a wall behind which targets can be safely lowered, scored, and raised during firing practice.

4. See butt hinge .

5. Obs. a goal; limit.


6. to have an end or projection on; be adjacent to; abut.


7. to position or fasten an end (of something).

8. to place or join the ends (of two things) together; set end-to-end.

[ 1350-1400; ME but target, goal, prob. bútr BUTT 1 , from the use of a wooden block or stump as a target in archery, etc. ]

Syn. 1. victim, target, mark, dupe, gull, laughingstock, prey, pigeon, patsy.

butt 3

/but/ , v.t.

1. to strike or push with the head or horns.


2. to strike or push something or at something with the head or horns.

3. to project.

4. Mach. (of wheels in a gear train) to strike one another instead of meshing.

5. butt in , to meddle in the affairs or intrude in the conversation of others; interfere: It was none of his concern, so he didn't butt in.

6. butt out , to stop meddling in the affairs or intruding in the conversation of others: Nobody asked her opinion, so she butted out.


7. a push or blow with the head or horns.

[ 1150-1200; ME butten buter, OF boter to thrust, strike botten to strike, sprout ]

butt 4

/but/ , n.

1. a large cask for wine, beer, or ale.

2. any cask or barrel.

3. any of various units of capacity, usually considered equal to two hogsheads.

[ 1350-1400; ME bote bo ( u ) t ( e ); MF bota butta, buttis, akin to Gk boût ( t ) is ]

butt 5


any of several flatfishes, esp. the halibut.

Also, but .

[ 1250-1300; ME butte; c. SW butta turbot, G Butt brill, turbot, flounder, D bot flounder ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .