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



    BrE BrE//bʌt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʌt//
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  1. 1the thick end of a weapon or tool a rifle butt
  2. 2the part of a cigarette or cigar that is left after it has been smoked an ashtray full of cigarette butts
  3. 3(British English) a large round container for storing or collecting liquids a water butt
  4. 4(informal, especially North American English) the part of the body that you sit on synonym buttocks Get off your butt and do some work! Get your butt over here! (= Come here!)
  5. 5the act of hitting somebody with your head a butt from his head see also headbutt
  6. Word Originnoun sense 5 Middle English: from Old French boter, of Germanic origin. to be the butt of something. Middle English (originally referring to an archery target or range): from Old French but, of unknown origin; perhaps influenced by French butte ‘rising ground’. noun senses 1 to 2 and noun sense 4 late Middle English: apparently related to Dutch bot ‘stumpy’, also to buttock. noun sense 3 late Middle English: from Old French bot, from late Latin buttis.Idioms
    be the butt of something
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    to be the person or thing that other people often joke about or criticize synonym target She was the butt of some very unkind jokes.
    a pain in the neck (British English also a pain in the arse/backside) (North American English also a pain in the ass/butt)
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    (informal) a person or thing that is very annoying
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: butt