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

 

butter

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈbʌtə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they butter
BrE BrE//ˈbʌtə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtər//
 
he / she / it butters
BrE BrE//ˈbʌtəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtərz//
 
past simple buttered
BrE BrE//ˈbʌtəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtərd//
 
past participle buttered
BrE BrE//ˈbʌtəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtərd//
 
-ing form buttering
BrE BrE//ˈbʌtərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌtərɪŋ//
 
 
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  • butter something to spread butter on something She buttered four thick slices of bread. lightly buttered toast
  • Word Origin Old English butere, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch boter and German Butter, based on Latin butyrum, from Greek bouturon.Idioms
    know which side your bread is buttered
     
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    (informal) to know where you can get an advantage for yourself
    Phrasal Verbsbutter somebodyup
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: butter