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ˈbʊtʃ ərbutch·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. butcher, meatmannoun

    a retailer of meat

  2. butchernoun

    a brutal indiscriminate murderer

  3. butcher, slaughterernoun

    a person who slaughters or dresses meat for market

  4. bungler, blunderer, fumbler, bumbler, stumbler, sad sack, botcher, butcher, fuckupverb

    someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence

  5. butcher, slaughterverb

    kill (animals) usually for food consumption

    "They slaughtered their only goat to survive the winter"

Wiktionary

  1. butchernoun

    A person who prepares and sells meat (and sometimes also slaughters the animals).

  2. butchernoun

    A brutal or indiscriminate killer.

    Weyler was referred to as a "Butcher" by yellow journalists.

  3. butchernoun

    (Cockney rhyming slang, via butcher's hook) A look.

  4. butchernoun

    A person who sells candy, drinks, etc. in theatres, trains, circuses , etc. (old, informal).

  5. butcherverb

    To slaughter animals and prepare meat for market.

  6. butcherverb

    To kill brutally.

  7. butcherverb

    To ruin something, often to the point of defamation.

    The band at that bar really butchered "Hotel California".

  8. Butchernoun

    for a butcher.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Butchernoun

    one who slaughters animals, or dresses their flesh for market; one whose occupation it is to kill animals for food

  2. Butchernoun

    a slaughterer; one who kills in large numbers, or with unusual cruelty; one who causes needless loss of life, as in battle

  3. Butcherverb

    to kill or slaughter (animals) for food, or for market; as, to butcher hogs

  4. Butcherverb

    to murder, or kill, especially in an unusually bloody or barbarous manner

Freebase

  1. Butcher

    A butcher is a person who may slaughter animals, dress their flesh, sell their meat or do any combination of these three tasks. They may prepare standard cuts of meat, poultry, fish, and shellfish for sale in retail or wholesale food establishments. A butcher may be employed by supermarkets, grocery stores, butcher shops and fish markets or may be self-employed. An ancient trade, whose duties may date back to the domestication of livestock, butchers formed guilds in England as far back as 1272. Today, many jurisdictions offer trade certifications for butchers. Some areas expect a three-year apprenticeship followed by the option of becoming a master butcher.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Butcher

    booch′ėr, n. one whose business is to slaughter animals for food: one who delights in bloody deeds.—v.t. to slaughter animals for food: to put to a bloody death, to kill cruelly: (fig.) to spoil anything, as a bad actor or the like.—ns. Butch′er-bird, a shrike; Butch′ering, Butch′ing, the act of killing for food, or cruelly.—adv. Butch′erly, butcher-like, cruel, murderous.—ns. Butch′er-meat, Butch′er's-meat, the flesh of animals slaughtered by butchers, as distinguished from fish, fowls, and game; Butch′er's-broom, a genus of plants of the lily order, the common one being an evergreen shrub, a bunch of which is used by butchers for sweeping their blocks; Butch′ery, great or cruel slaughter: a slaughter-house or shambles. [O. Fr. bochier, bouchier, one who kills he-goats—boc, a he-goat; allied to Eng. Buck.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of butcher in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of butcher in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of butcher in a Sentence

  1. Margaret Hilda Thatcher:

    I'm not a good butcher but I've had to learn to carve the joint. People expect a new look.

  2. Polly Adler:

    What it comes down to is this: the grocer, the butcher, the baker, the merchant, the landlord, the druggist, the liquor dealer, the policeman, the doctor, the city father and the politician—these are the people who make money out of prostitution.

  3. Phillip Pless:

    It took three people to drag him out, he was big. We estimated he weighed around 240-250 pounds before being field dressed. At the scale at the butcher, he weighed 210 pounds.

  4. Letitia Elizabeth Landon:

    While bills are being brought into the House of Commons to regulate every thing, from the sweeps crying "sweep," to "emancipation, vote by ballot, and free trade," is there no county member whose "time and talents'' are devoted to "domestic policy," who will bring in a bill "for the better regulation of the marriage ceremony," and put the canonical hours later in the day ? at all events, could there not be a special clause in favour of London ? A spring morning there is the very reverse of Thomson's description ; for "delicious mildness" read "a cutting east wind;" and for "veiled in roses" substitute "smoke and fog." The streets are given up to the necessities of life — to the milkman with his cans, the butcher with his tray, the baker with his basket ; all belong to the material portion of existence. Now, marriage is (or ought to be) an affair of affections, sentiments, &c. The legislature ought to give it the full benefit of moonlight and wax-candles.

  5. Ambassador Dean:

    I honestly believe Phnom Penh residents did not do enough. There was something better that could have come out other than a genocide of 1.7 million people, now you must understand, I was born in Germany and suffered under Nazi oppression, so how could I turn over a people to the butcher ?

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