Definition of butcher verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    butcher

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈbʊtʃə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊtʃər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they butcher
    BrE BrE//ˈbʊtʃə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊtʃər//
     
    he / she / it butchers
    BrE BrE//ˈbʊtʃəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊtʃərz//
     
    past simple butchered
    BrE BrE//ˈbʊtʃəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊtʃərd//
     
    past participle butchered
    BrE BrE//ˈbʊtʃəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊtʃərd//
     
    -ing form butchering
    BrE BrE//ˈbʊtʃərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊtʃərɪŋ//
     
    Animal farming
     
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  1. 1butcher somebody to kill people in a very cruel and violent way
  2. 2butcher something to kill animals and cut them up for use as meat See related entries: Animal farming
  3. 3butcher something (especially North American English) to spoil something by doing it very badly The script was good, but those guys butchered it.
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French bochier, from boc ‘he-goat’, probably of the same ultimate origin as the verb buck.
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