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the fatty portion of milk, separating as a soft whitish or yellowish solid when milk or cream is agitated or churned.
this substance, processed for cooking and table use.
any of various other soft spreads for bread:
apple butter; peanut butter.
any of various substances of butterlike consistency, as various metallic chlorides, and certain vegetable oils solid at ordinary temperatures.
to put butter on or in; spread or grease with butter.
to apply a liquefied bonding material to (a piece or area), as mortar to a course of bricks.
Metalworking. to cover (edges to be welded together) with a preliminary surface of the weld metal.
butter up, Informal. to flatter someone in order to gain a favor:
He suspected that they were buttering him up when everyone suddenly started being nice to him.
Contemporary Examples

A Burgundy Wine Feast Sophie Menin July 3, 2010
Make These Barefoot Contessa Chicken Pot Pies Ina Garten November 28, 2014
Valentine’s Day Wine and Chocolate Pairings Snooth February 10, 2011
Racism Is a Tough Sell: The Real Reason Everyone Dumped Paula Deen Daniel Gross June 27, 2013
Daniel Boulud Reveals His 4 Favorite Recipes From His New Cookbook Daniel Boulud October 14, 2013

Historical Examples

The Cook and Housekeeper’s Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, Mary Eaton
Woman’s Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4 Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor, Vol. I, No. 4, April 1810 Various
Woman’s Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 Woman’s Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
The Myrtle Reed Cook Book Myrtle Reed


an edible fatty whitish-yellow solid made from cream by churning, for cooking and table use
(as modifier): butter icing, related adjective butyraceous

any substance with a butter-like consistency, such as peanut butter or vegetable butter
look as if butter wouldn’t melt in one’s mouth, to look innocent, although probably not so
verb (transitive)
to put butter on or in
to flatter

butter up
butter wouldn’t melt in one’s mouth


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