Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) thick end of the handle
  2. (noun, artifact) the small unused part of something (especially the end of a cigarette that is left after smoking)
  3. (noun, artifact) a large cask (especially one holding a volume equivalent to 2 hogsheads or 126 gallons)
  4. (noun, artifact) a joint made by fastening ends together without overlapping
  5. (noun, artifact) finely ground tobacco wrapped in paper; for smoking
  6. (noun, artifact) sports equipment consisting of an object set up for a marksman or archer to aim at
  7. (noun, body) the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on
    are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?
  8. (noun, person) a victim of ridicule or pranks
  9. (noun, plant) the part of a plant from which the roots spring or the part of a stalk or trunk nearest the roots
  10. (verb, contact) to strike, thrust or shove against
    The goat butted the hiker with his horns
  11. (verb, contact) lie adjacent to another or share a boundary
    England marches with Scotland
  12. (verb, contact) place end to end without overlapping

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Butt

  1. "thick end," O.E. buttuc "end, small piece of land," akin to O.N. butr "short." In sense of "human posterior" it is recorded from mid-15c. Meaning "remainder of a smoked cigarette" first recorded 1847. more
  2. "barrel," late 14c., from Anglo-Norm. but and O.Fr. bot "barrel, wineskin" (14c., Mod.Fr. botte), from L.L. buttis "cask" (see bottle). Usually a cask holding 108 to 140 gallons, or roughly two hogsheads, but the measure varied greatly. more
  3. "target of a joke," 1610s, originally "target for shooting practice" (mid-14c.), from O.Fr. but "aim, goal, end, target (of an arrow, etc.)," 13c., perhaps from butte "mound, knoll," from Frank. *but (cf. O.N. butr "log of wood"), which would connect it with butt (n.1). more
  4. "hit with the head," c.1200, from Anglo-Norm. buter, from O.Fr. boter "to push, shove, knock; to thrust against," from V.L. *bottare "thrust," or from Frankish (cf. O.N. bauta, Low Ger. boten "to strike, beat"), from P.Gmc. *butan, from PIE base *bhau- "to strike" (see batter (v.)). To butt in "rudely intrude" is Amer.Eng.… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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