on the contrary; yet:
My brother went, but I did not.
She was so overcome with grief she could do nothing but weep.
unless; if not; except that (followed by a clause, often with that expressed):
Nothing would do but that I should come in.
without the circumstance that:
It never rains but it pours.
There is no hope but by prayer.
that (used especially after doubt, deny, etc., with a negative):
I don’t doubt but he will do it.
who not; that not:
No leaders worthy of the name ever existed but they were optimists.
(used as an intensifier to introduce an exclamatory expression):
But she’s beautiful!
It no sooner started raining but it stopped.
with the exception of; except; save:
No one replied but me.
There is but one God.
buts, reservations or objections:
You’ll do as you’re told, no buts about it.
but for, except for; were it not for:
But for the excessive humidity, it might have been a pleasant day.
but what. what (def 25).
the outer or front room of a house; the outer or front apartment in an apartment house.
the kitchen of a two-room dwelling, especially of a cottage.
a combining form meaning “containing a group of four carbon atoms,” used in the formation of compound words:
any of several flatfishes, especially the halibut.
contrary to expectation: he cut his knee but didn’t cry
in contrast; on the contrary: I like opera but my husband doesn’t
(usually used after a negative) other than: we can’t do anything but wait
(usually used after a negative) without it happening or being the case that: we never go out but it rains
(foll by that) except that: nothing is impossible but that we live forever
(archaic) if not; unless
(informal) used to introduce an exclamation: my, but you’re nice
except; save: they saved all but one of the pigs
but for, were it not for: but for you, we couldn’t have managed
just; merely; only: he was but a child, I can but try
(Scot & Austral, NZ, informal) though; however: it’s a rainy day: warm, but
all but, almost; practically: he was all but dead when we found him
an objection (esp in the phrase ifs and buts)
the outer room of a two-roomed cottage: usually the kitchen
in or into the outer part (of a house) Compare ben1
the thicker or blunt end of something, such as the end of the stock of a rifle
the unused end of something, esp of a cigarette; stub
(tanning) the portion of a hide covering the lower backside of the animal
(US & Canadian, informal) the buttocks
(US) a slang word for cigarette
(building trades) short for butt joint, butt hinge
a person or thing that is the target of ridicule, wit, etc
a mound of earth behind the target on a target range that stops bullets or wide shots
the target itself
(pl) the target range
a low barrier, usually of sods or peat, behind which sportsmen shoot game birds, esp grouse
(archaic) goal; aim
usually foll by on or against. to lie or be placed end on to; abut: to butt a beam against a wall
to strike or push (something) with the head or horns
(intransitive) to project; jut
(intransitive; foll by in or into) to intrude, esp into a conversation; interfere; meddle
(informal, mainly US & Canadian) butt out, to stop interfering or meddling
a blow with the head or horns
a large cask, esp one with a capacity of two hogsheads, for storing wine or beer
a US unit of liquid measure equal to 126 US gallons
Dame Clara. 1872–1936, English contralto
The buttocks; rump; ass •This sense is attested as western US in 1860. Oddly enough, butt looks like a diminutive of buttock, but to judge by the suffix, the opposite must be the case.: So drunk he couldn’t find his butt with both hands (1450+)
The remainder of a smoked cigarette or cigar (1930s+)
A cigarette: a pack of butts (1900+)
The final year of a prison sentence or a term of military enlistment (1915+ Armed forces & prison)
Something or someone disliked •Somewhat derogatory: woman is a real butt
noun (Scot) a two-roomed cottage consisting of an outer room or kitchen (but) and an inner room (ben)
a slaughterhouse. brutal or wanton slaughter of animals or humans; carnage. the trade or business of a butcher. the act of bungling or botching. Contemporary Examples Oil Paint, Dry-Aged and Beefy Blake Gopnik June 27, 2013 Michael Ware on Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, Accused of Killing Afghan Civilians Michael Ware March 19, 2012 Obama Decision […]
butch haircut. Slang. a lesbian, especially one notably masculine in manner or appearance. Slang. (of a girl or woman) having traits of personality, dress, behavior, or appearance usually associated with males. (of a male) decidedly or exaggeratedly masculine in manner or appearance. a male given name. Contemporary Examples The LGBT Center That Changed Our Lives […]
elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action: We watched her skate with effortless grace across the ice. Synonyms: attractiveness, charm, gracefulness, comeliness, ease, lissomeness, fluidity. Antonyms: stiffness, ugliness, awkwardness, clumsiness; klutziness. a pleasing or attractive quality or endowment: He lacked the manly graces. favor or goodwill. Synonyms: kindness, kindliness, love, benignity; condescension. a […]