What does BUT mean?

Definitions for BUTbʌt; unstressed bət

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word BUT.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. merely, simply, just, only, but(adverb)

    and nothing more

    "I was merely asking"; "it is simply a matter of time"; "just a scratch"; "he was only a child"; "hopes that last but a moment"


  1. but(Noun)

    An instance or example of using the word "but"

    It has to be done u2013 no ifs or buts.

  2. but(Noun)

    The outer room of a small two-room cottage.

  3. but(Adverb)

    Merely, only.

    Since that day, my mood has changed but a little.

  4. but(Adverb)

    Though, however.

    I'll have to go home early but.

  5. but(Conjunction)

    Except (for), excluding. Preceded by a negation.

    I have no choice but to leave.

  6. but(Conjunction)

    On the contrary, but rather (introducing a word or clause that contrasts with or contradicts the preceding clause or sentence without the not).

  7. but(Conjunction)

    However, although, nevertheless (implies that the following clause is contrary to prior belief or contrasts with or contradicts the preceding clause or sentence).

  8. but(Conjunction)

    Except that (introducing a subordinate clause which qualifies a negative statement); also, with omission of the subject of the subordinate clause, acting as a negative relative, "except one that", "except such that".

  9. but(Conjunction)

    Without it also being the case that; unless that (introducing a necessary concomitant).

    It never rains but it pours.

  10. but(Preposition)

    Outside of.

    Away but the hoose and tell me whae's there.

  11. but(Preposition)

    Without, apart from, except.

  12. Origin: From but, buten, boute, bouten, from butan, equivalent to . Cognate with but, bot, bûten, buiten, buten. Compare bin, about.

Webster Dictionary

  1. But

    except with; unless with; without

  2. But

    except; besides; save

  3. But

    excepting or excluding the fact that; save that; were it not that; unless; -- elliptical, for but that

  4. But

    otherwise than that; that not; -- commonly, after a negative, with that

  5. But

    only; solely; merely

  6. But

    on the contrary; on the other hand; only; yet; still; however; nevertheless; more; further; -- as connective of sentences or clauses of a sentence, in a sense more or less exceptive or adversative; as, the House of Representatives passed the bill, but the Senate dissented; our wants are many, but quite of another kind

  7. But

    the outer apartment or kitchen of a two-roomed house; -- opposed to ben, the inner room

  8. But(noun)

    a limit; a boundary

  9. But(noun)

    the end; esp. the larger or thicker end, or the blunt, in distinction from the sharp, end. See 1st Butt

  10. But(verb)

    see Butt, v., and Abut, v

  11. But(verb)

    a limit; a bound; a goal; the extreme bound; the end

  12. But(verb)

    the thicker end of anything. See But

  13. But(verb)

    a mark to be shot at; a target

  14. But(verb)

    a person at whom ridicule, jest, or contempt is directed; as, the butt of the company

  15. But(verb)

    a push, thrust, or sudden blow, given by the head of an animal; as, the butt of a ram

  16. But(verb)

    a thrust in fencing

  17. But(verb)

    a piece of land left unplowed at the end of a field

  18. But(verb)

    a joint where the ends of two objects come squarely together without scarfing or chamfering; -- also called butt joint

  19. But(verb)

    the end of a connecting rod or other like piece, to which the boxing is attached by the strap, cotter, and gib

  20. But(verb)

    the portion of a half-coupling fastened to the end of a hose

  21. But(verb)

    the joint where two planks in a strake meet

  22. But(verb)

    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

  23. But(verb)

    the thickest and stoutest part of tanned oxhides, used for soles of boots, harness, trunks

  24. But(verb)

    the hut or shelter of the person who attends to the targets in rifle practice

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. But

    but, prep. or conj. without: except: besides: only: yet: still.—Used as a noun for a verbal objection; also as a verb, as in Scott's 'but me no buts.'—adj. (Scot.) outside, as in 'but end.'—But and ben, a house having an outer and an inner room. [A.S. be-útan, bútan, without—be, by, and útan, out—near and yet outside.]

  2. But

    but, n. Same as Butt.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BUT' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #28

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'BUT' in Written Corpus Frequency: #25


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of BUT in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of BUT in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Henrik Ibsen:

    Money may be the husk of many things, but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintances, but not friends; servants, but not faithfulness; days of joy, but not peace and happiness.


    You might be clothless presently, but you shouldn't be hopeless. Also, you might be homeless, but you shouldn't be hopeless. As well, you might be foodless presently but, don't be hopeless. Perhaps, you might be helpless currently, but never become hopeless. You might even be perplexed currently, but never become hopeless. At worst, you might have lost everything you've acquired over the years, but never lose hope. Because, hope is always available when everything else has gone. Thus, cling to it (hope) for life and never let go of it. I mean, dare to hope against (all) hope i.e. be and remain hopeful even when your situation seems hopeless. ~Emeasoba George.

  3. Luke Hemsworth:

    I really miss Australia. I miss eating fish ‘n chips, oh my God, and Australian pies and the wonderful corner shops. I miss good surf where there are three or four people, as opposed to LA where there’s 30 or 40. I see living here for now as a means to an end. It’s a time in our life where we have to live here and hopefully we’ll shift back to Australia, but we’re not locked in either way. Maybe it’s to my detriment but I’ve never looked further ahead than a year and a half. But the girls have had have a wonderful upbringing in terms of being able to move around. Their passports are hilarious in terms of where they’ve been, the older ones are holding onto their Australian accents but my youngest daughter in particular is very American. She’s really entrenched and I actually find it really hilarious, really cute.


    Jack of all trades, master of none Jacking up WISDOM with everyone That was stolen from a little old man Because he thinks everyone's dumb. He's a Doctor and a Faith Healer He's a Teacher and a Cheater He's a PREACHER and a Sinner He's a Musician and a Politician He's a Judge with a grudge He is trying to be an Artist But nobody was pleased. Jack of all trades Speaking highly of his trades But not even a master of one. Records, showed none... A COPY and PASTE TEACHER, And a PAINTLESS PAINTER. Trying to be a motivator, But, avoids his own mirror. Advice foods and health facts, But who's overweight and fat. Words of pretense, But a bad influence. Tried to create more, But achieve worse than before. Kindness is his devotion, But it's the opposite of his actions. Love and peace as problem solutions, But shows love of gun collections. Your virtue of righteousness, Are just a paradox, it is worthless. You're no mystery, But just plain MISERY. Jack of all trades, For sure master of NONE.

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