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



    BrE BrE//ˈbʊtʃə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʊtʃər//
    Types of stores
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  1. 1a person whose job is cutting up and selling meat in a shop/store or killing animals for this purpose
  2. 2butcher’s (pl. butchers) a shop/store that sells meat He owns the butcher's in the main street. More Like This Shops, etc. with apostrophes baker’s, barber’s, butcher’s, chemist’s, dentist’s, doctor’s, fishmonger’s, florist’s, greengrocer’s, grocer’s, hairdresser’s, ironmonger’s, jeweller’s, newsagent’s, optician’s, stationer’s, tobacconist’s, travel agent’sSee worksheet. See related entries: Types of stores
  3. 3a person who kills people in a cruel and violent way
  4. Word OriginMiddle 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.Idioms
    have/take a butcher’s
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    (British English, slang) to have a look at something From rhyming slang, in which butcher’s hook stands for ‘look’.
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