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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

5 Healthy Spa Meals Ratha Tep January 12, 2011

Historical Examples

Blacksheep! Blacksheep! Meredith Nicholson
The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
Lippincott’s Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 11, No. 24, March, 1873 Various
Story of My Life Helen Keller
The Dude Wrangler Caroline Lockhart
Candy-Making Revolutionized Mary Elizabeth Hall
The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
Aunt Jane’s Nieces in the Red Cross Edith Van Dyne
The Bertrams Anthony Trollope


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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