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Princeton's WordNet

  1. butt, butt endnoun

    thick end of the handle

  2. buttnoun

    the part of a plant from which the roots spring or the part of a stalk or trunk nearest the roots

  3. butt, goat, laughingstock, stoogenoun

    a victim of ridicule or pranks

  4. buttocks, nates, arse, butt, 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, assnoun

    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?"

  5. target, buttnoun

    sports equipment consisting of an object set up for a marksman or archer to aim at

  6. cigarette, cigaret, coffin nail, butt, fagnoun

    finely ground tobacco wrapped in paper; for smoking

  7. butt joint, buttnoun

    a joint made by fastening ends together without overlapping

  8. buttnoun

    a large cask (especially one holding a volume equivalent to 2 hogsheads or 126 gallons)

  9. butt, stubverb

    the small unused part of something (especially the end of a cigarette that is left after smoking)

  10. border, adjoin, edge, abut, march, butt, butt against, butt onverb

    lie adjacent to another or share a boundary

    "Canada adjoins the U.S."; "England marches with Scotland"

  11. butt, buntverb

    to strike, thrust or shove against

    "He butted his sister out of the way"; "The goat butted the hiker with his horns"

  12. buttverb

    place end to end without overlapping

    "The frames must be butted at the joints"


  1. buttnoun

    The buttocks; used as a euphemism, less objectionable than arse/ass

    Get up off your butt and get to work.

  2. buttnoun

    The whole buttocks and pelvic region that includes one's private parts.

  3. buttnoun

    Body; self.

  4. buttnoun

    A used cigarette.

  5. buttnoun

    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.

  6. buttnoun

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

  7. buttnoun

    A mark to be shot at; a target.

  8. buttnoun

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

  9. buttnoun

    A person at whom ridicule, jest, or contempt is directed.

    He's usually the butt of their jokes.

  10. buttverb

    To strike bluntly, particularly with the head.

  11. buttnoun

    A push, thrust, or sudden blow, given by the head; a head butt.

  12. buttnoun

    A thrust in fencing.

  13. buttnoun

    The plastic or rubber cap used to cover the open end of a lacrosse stick's shaft in order to prevent injury.

  14. buttnoun

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

  15. buttnoun

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

  16. buttnoun

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

  17. buttnoun

    A kind of hinge used in hanging doors, etc., so named because it is attached to the inside edge of the door and butts against the casing, instead of on its face, like the strap hinge; also called butt hinge.

  18. buttnoun

    The joint where two planks in a strake meet.

  19. buttnoun

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

  20. buttnoun

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

  21. buttnoun

    An English measure of capacity for liquids, containing 126 wine gallons which is one-half tun; equivalent to the pipe.

  22. buttnoun

    A wooden cask for storing wine, usually containing 126 gallons.

  23. buttnoun

    Any of various flatfish such as sole, plaice or turbot

  24. buttnoun


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BUTTnoun

    Etymology: but, Fr.

    He calls on Bacchus, and propounds the prize;
    The groom his fellow groom at butts defies,
    And bends his bow, and levels with his eyes. Dryden.

    Be not afraid though you do see me weapon’d;
    Here is my journey’s end; here is my butt,
    The very sea-mark of my journey’s end. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    The papists were the most common-place, and the butt against whom all the arrows were directed. Edward Hyde.

    I played a sentence or two at my butt, which I thought very smart, when my ill genius suggested to him such a reply as got all the laughter on his side. Spectator, №. 175.

    If disputes arise
    Among the champions for the prize;
    To prove who gave the fairer butt,
    John shews the chalk on Robert’s coat. Matthew Prior.

  2. Buttnoun

    A vessel; a barrel containing one hundred and twenty six gallons of wine; a butt contains one hundred and eight gallons of beer; and from fifteen to twenty two hundred weight, is a butt of currans.

    Etymology: butt, Saxon.

    I escaped upon a butt of sack, which the sailors heaved overboard. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

  3. To Buttverb

    To strike with the head.

    Etymology: botten, Dutch.

    Come, leave your tears: a brief farewel: the beast
    With many heads butts me away. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Nor wars are seen,
    Unless, upon the green,
    Two harmless lambs are butting one the other. Henry Wotton.

    A snow-white steer, before thy altar led,
    Butts with his threat’ning brows, and bellowing stands. John Dryden, Æneid.

    A ram will butt with his head, though he be brought up tame, and never saw that manner of fighting. John Ray, on the Cr.


  1. butt

    1) The large or thicker end part of an object; often used to refer to the end part of a rifle or fishing rod. 2) The remainder or unused portion of something, like a cigarette or cigar butt. 3) In a humorous or colloquial sense, it refers to the buttocks or posterior of a human or animal. 4) To strike or hit something or someone with the head or horns. 5) The person or thing at the end or last in place, order, or rank. 6) The larger or firmer section of a cask or barrel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Buttverb

    alt. of But

  2. Buttverb

    to join at the butt, end, or outward extremity; to terminate; to be bounded; to abut

  3. Buttverb

    to thrust the head forward; to strike by thrusting the head forward, as an ox or a ram. [See Butt, n.]

  4. Buttverb

    to strike by thrusting the head against; to strike with the head

  5. Buttnoun

    a large cask or vessel for wine or beer. It contains two hogsheads

  6. Buttnoun

    the common English flounder

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Butt

    but, v.i. and v.t. to strike with the head, as a goat, &c.—n. a push with the head of an animal.—n. Butt′er, an animal that butts. [O. Fr. boter, to push, strike.]

  2. Butt

    but, n. a large cask: a wine-butt = 126 gallons, a beer and sherry butt = 108 gallons. [Cf. Fr. botte, Sp. bota, Low L. butta.]

  3. Butt

    but, n. a mark for archery practice: a mound behind musketry or artillery targets: one who is made the object of ridicule.—n. Butt′-shaft (Shak.), a shaft or arrow for shooting at butts with. [Fr. but, goal.]

  4. Butt

    but, or in longer form, Butt′-end, n. the thick and heavy end: the stump. [Ety. dub.]

  5. Butt

    but, n. an ox-hide minus the offal or pieces round the margins.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. butt

    The joining of two timbers or planks endways. Also, the opening between the ends of two planks when worked. Also, the extremities of the planks themselves when they are united, or abut against each other. The word likewise is used to denote the largest end of all timber. Planks under water as they rise are joined one end to another. In large ships butt-ends are most carefully bolted, for if any one of them should spring, or give way, the leak would be very dangerous and difficult to stop.--To start or spring a butt is to loosen the end of a plank by the ship's weakness or labouring.--Butt-heads are the same with butt-ends.--Butt is also a mark for shooting at, and the hind part of a musket or pistol. Also, a wine-measure of 126 gallons.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. butt

    In gunnery, is a solid earthen parapet, to fire against in the proving of guns, or in practice.

  2. butt

    That extremity of a musket which rests against the shoulder when the piece is brought up to a position of firing.

Rap Dictionary

  1. buttnoun


  2. buttnoun

    Not good, lacking. "Get yourself some toilet paper 'cause your lyrics is butt" -- A Tribe Called Quest(Low End Theory)

  3. buttnoun

    The filter of a joint or a sigarette. -- "I watch the sky I take another breath I smoke my Newport to the butt" - 2Pac - Never had a friend like me(Gridlock'd ost).

  4. buttnoun

    The subject or topic of a joke. "Don't make a joke allright, you'll be the butt of it" -- Saigon - NY Streetz(Warning Shots)

Suggested Resources

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BUTT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Butt is ranked #5007 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Butt surname appeared 7,020 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Butt.

    55.5% or 3,902 total occurrences were White.
    37% or 2,599 total occurrences were Asian.
    3% or 213 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.2% or 156 total occurrences were Black.
    1.8% or 127 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.3% or 23 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of butt in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of butt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of butt in a Sentence

  1. Ime Udoka:

    Marcus, Jayson and Jaylen have a long history together, and every team I’ve ever been on has had moments when they butt heads. It’s nothing we haven’t talked about.

  2. Emanuel Skarlatos:

    They trusted each other where one wouldn't back down if the other was getting his butt kicked, we're still trying to wrap our heads around it, but we're proud of him.

  3. Matt Damon:

    I do believe there’s a spectrum of behavior. There’s a difference between patting someone on the butt and rape orchild molestation, right ? Both of those behaviors need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they should n’t be conflated.

  4. Cat Ping:

    Jeb Bush might be a good candidate because he comes from that family background of kicking butt and taking names.

  5. Jared Quinn:

    Lots of people butt heads all the time, especially generational things, but that doesnt mean there cant be that respect and that you cant show love to people who may not be in your own generation, i think we can learn a lot of respect for each other and a lot of wisdom from our elders in the community.

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