Definition of butter noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈbʌtə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtər//
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  •  [uncountable] a soft yellow food made from cream, used in cooking and for spreading on bread Fry the onions in butter. Do you want butter or margarine on your toast? see also bread and butter, peanut butter
  • Word OriginOld English butere, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch boter and German Butter, based on Latin butyrum, from Greek bouturon.Extra examples Cream the butter and icing sugar together until light and fluffy. He put a large knob of butter on the potatoes. He spread butter on the roll. Put some butter on the crackers, please. Rub the butter into the flour. The butter melted in the heat. This butter doesn’t spread very well. You can make frosting out of half a stick of butter and two cups of powdered sugar. courgettes sautéed in butter If you’re still hungry, have some bread and butter.Idioms
    butter wouldn’t melt (in somebody’s mouth)
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    (informal) used to say that somebody seems to be innocent, kind, etc. when they are not really
    like a knife through butter
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    (informal) easily; without meeting any difficulty
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: butter