except; apart from We've had nothing but trouble with this car. The problem is anything but easy. Who but Rosa could think of something like that? Everyone was there but him. I came last but one in the race (= I wasn't last but next to last). Take the first turning but one (= not the first one but the one after it). Word Origin Old English be-ūtan, būtan, būta ‘outside, without, except’ (see by, out).