a retail or wholesale dealer in meat.
a person who slaughters certain animals, or who dresses the flesh of animals, fish, or poultry, for food or market.
a person guilty of brutal or indiscriminate slaughter or murder.
a vendor who hawks newspapers, candy, beverages, etc., as on a train, at a stadium, etc.
to slaughter or dress (animals, fish, or poultry) for market.
to kill indiscriminately or brutally.
to bungle; botch:
to butcher a job.
butch haircut.
Slang. a lesbian, especially one notably masculine in manner or appearance.

(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.

Contemporary Examples

In New Jersey, Barbara Buono Is the Last Democrat Standing David Freedlander February 18, 2013
Gillian Wearing: One of Today’s 10 Most Important Artists Blake Gopnik June 4, 2011
The Texas Church of Beef Jane & Michael Stern April 26, 2014
Perry Has a Point About the Marines Video vs. the Daniel Pearl Video Asra Q. Nomani January 18, 2012
Call Him Dirty Harry Potter Lizzie Stark April 7, 2009

Historical Examples

Gold Stewart White
Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences Arthur L. Hayward
Folkways William Graham Sumner
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations Adam Smith

a retailer of meat
a person who slaughters or dresses meat for market
an indiscriminate or brutal murderer
a person who destroys, ruins, or bungles something
verb (transitive)
to slaughter or dress (animals) for meat
to kill indiscriminately or brutally
to make a mess of; botch; ruin
(of a woman or man) markedly or aggressively masculine
a lesbian who is noticeably masculine
a strong rugged man

A surgeon, esp an incompetent one (mid1800s+)
A brutal and sanguinary ruler: They called Bokassa a worse butcher than Amin (1529+)
: As a carpenter I’m a butcher

A rough, strong man; tough •Often used as a nickname (1902+)
An aggressive lesbian; bulldyke, dyke: Even if she has turned butch on me and twisted the family name on you (1940s+ Homosexuals)


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