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ˈbʌt əkbut·tock

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. buttock, cheeknoun

    either of the two large fleshy masses of muscular tissue that form the human rump


  1. buttocknoun

    Each of the two large fleshy halves of the posterior part of the body between the base of the back and the top of the legs.

  2. Etymology: Probably from buttuc, attested since circa 1300, presumed cognate with butt.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Buttocknoun

    The rump; the part near the tail.

    Etymology: supposed, by Stephen Skinner, to come from aboutir, Fr. inserted by Franciscus Junius without etymology.

    It is like a barber’s chair that fits all the buttocks. William Shakespeare.

    Such as were not able to stay themselves, should be holden up by others of more strength, riding behind them upon the buttocks of the horse. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    The tail of a fox was never made for the buttocks of an ape. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.


  1. buttock

    The buttocks (singular: buttock) are two rounded portions of the exterior anatomy of most mammals, located on the posterior of the pelvic region. In humans, the buttocks are located between the lower back and the perineum. They are composed of a layer of exterior skin and underlying subcutaneous fat superimposed on a left and right gluteus maximus and gluteus medius muscles. The two gluteus maximus muscles are the largest muscles in the human body. They are responsible for movements such as straightening the body into the upright (standing) posture when it is bent at the waist; maintaining the body in the upright posture by keeping the hip joints extended; and propelling the body forward via further leg (hip) extension when walking or running. In the seated position, the buttocks bear the weight of the upper body and take that weight off the feet. In many cultures, the buttocks play a role in sexual attraction. Many cultures have also used the buttocks as a primary target for corporal punishment, as the buttocks' layer of subcutaneous fat offers protection against injury while still allowing for the infliction of pain. There are several connotations of buttocks in art, fashion, culture and humor. The English language is replete with many popular synonyms that range from polite colloquialisms ("posterior", "backside" or "bottom") to vulgar slang ("arse", "ass", "bum", "butt", "booty", "prat").


  1. buttock

    The buttock refers to one of the two rounded fleshy parts of the human body, located on the posterior of the pelvic region, which forms the back part of the hips and thighs. It consists of a layer of fat superimposed on the large muscles known as the gluteus maximus and the gluteus medius. The buttocks are used in a variety of physical activities, including walking, running, and climbing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Buttocknoun

    the part at the back of the hip, which, in man, forms one of the rounded protuberances on which he sits; the rump

  2. Buttocknoun

    the convexity of a ship behind, under the stern

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Buttock

    but′ok, n. the rump or protuberant part of the body behind: a term in wrestling.—ns. Butt′ock-mail (Scot.), the fine formerly exacted by the Church as part of the discipline for the offence of fornication. [Dim. of Butt, end.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. buttock

    The breadth of the ship astern from the tuck upwards: it is terminated by the counter above, by the bilge below, by the stern-post in the middle, and by the quarter on the side. That part abaft the after body, which is bounded by the fashion pieces, and by the wing transom, and the upper or second water-line. A ship is said to have a broad, or narrow, buttock according to her transom convexity under the stern.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of buttock in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of buttock in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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