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.
Contemporary Examples

Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories Harry Siegel February 26, 2013
Ann Wroe’s ‘Orpheus’: Why the Mythological Muse Haunts Us Ann Wroe May 30, 2012
Kermit Gosnell Found Guilty of Murdering Three Babies Megan McArdle May 12, 2013

Historical Examples

Boy Woodburn Alfred Ollivant
Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
The Red River Half-Breed Gustave Aimard
Pluck on the Long Trail Edwin L. Sabin
The Wing-and-Wing J. Fenimore Cooper
Slave Narratives, Oklahoma Various
Prince Zilah, Complete Jules Claretie

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

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


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