butcher


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butch·er

 (bo͝och′ər)
n.
1.
a. One who slaughters and dresses animals for food or market.
b. One who sells meats.
2. One that kills brutally or indiscriminately.
3. A vendor, especially one on a train or in a theater.
4. One who bungles something.
tr.v. butch·ered, butch·er·ing, butch·ers
1. To slaughter or prepare (animals) for market.
2. To kill brutally or indiscriminately.
3. To botch; bungle: butcher a project; butchered the language. See Synonyms at botch.

[Middle English bucher, from Old French bouchier, from bouc, boc, he-goat, probably of Celtic origin.]

butch′er·er n.

butcher

(ˈbʊtʃə)
n
1. (Professions) a retailer of meat
2. (Professions) a person who slaughters or dresses meat for market
3. an indiscriminate or brutal murderer
4. a person who destroys, ruins, or bungles something
vb (tr)
5. to slaughter or dress (animals) for meat
6. to kill indiscriminately or brutally
7. to make a mess of; botch; ruin
[C13: from Old French bouchier, from bouc he-goat, probably of Celtic origin; see buck1; compare Welsh bwch he-goat]

butch•er

(ˈbʊtʃ ər)
n.
1. a retail or wholesale dealer in meat.
2. a person who slaughters certain animals or dresses their flesh for food or market.
3. a person guilty of brutal or indiscriminate murder.
4. a vendor who hawks refreshments, newspapers, etc., as on a train.
v.t.
5. to slaughter or dress (animals) for market.
6. to kill indiscriminately or brutally.
7. to bungle; botch: to butcher a job.
[1250–1300; Middle English bocher < Anglo-French; Old French bo(u)chier, derivative of bo(u)c he-goat]
butch′er•er, n.
syn: See slaughter.

butcher


Past participle: butchered
Gerund: butchering

Imperative
butcher
butcher
Present
I butcher
you butcher
he/she/it butchers
we butcher
you butcher
they butcher
Preterite
I butchered
you butchered
he/she/it butchered
we butchered
you butchered
they butchered
Present Continuous
I am butchering
you are butchering
he/she/it is butchering
we are butchering
you are butchering
they are butchering
Present Perfect
I have butchered
you have butchered
he/she/it has butchered
we have butchered
you have butchered
they have butchered
Past Continuous
I was butchering
you were butchering
he/she/it was butchering
we were butchering
you were butchering
they were butchering
Past Perfect
I had butchered
you had butchered
he/she/it had butchered
we had butchered
you had butchered
they had butchered
Future
I will butcher
you will butcher
he/she/it will butcher
we will butcher
you will butcher
they will butcher
Future Perfect
I will have butchered
you will have butchered
he/she/it will have butchered
we will have butchered
you will have butchered
they will have butchered
Future Continuous
I will be butchering
you will be butchering
he/she/it will be butchering
we will be butchering
you will be butchering
they will be butchering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been butchering
you have been butchering
he/she/it has been butchering
we have been butchering
you have been butchering
they have been butchering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been butchering
you will have been butchering
he/she/it will have been butchering
we will have been butchering
you will have been butchering
they will have been butchering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been butchering
you had been butchering
he/she/it had been butchering
we had been butchering
you had been butchering
they had been butchering
Conditional
I would butcher
you would butcher
he/she/it would butcher
we would butcher
you would butcher
they would butcher
Past Conditional
I would have butchered
you would have butchered
he/she/it would have butchered
we would have butchered
you would have butchered
they would have butchered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.butcher - a retailer of meatbutcher - a retailer of meat      
merchandiser, merchant - a businessperson engaged in retail trade
pork butcher - a vendor of pork and products made from pork
2.butcher - a brutal indiscriminate murderer
liquidator, manslayer, murderer - a criminal who commits homicide (who performs the unlawful premeditated killing of another human being)
3.butcher - a person who slaughters or dresses meat for market
knacker - someone who buys up old horses for slaughter
skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker - a worker who has acquired special skills
4.butcher - someone who makes mistakes because of incompetencebutcher - someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence
incompetent, incompetent person - someone who is not competent to take effective action
Verb1.butcher - kill (animals) usually for food consumption; "They slaughtered their only goat to survive the winter"
chine - cut through the backbone of an animal
kill - cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly; "This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank"; "The farmer killed a pig for the holidays"

butcher

noun
1. meat trader, slaughterer, meat merchant, meat seller I went to the butcher for steak for my lunch.
2. murderer, killer, slaughterer, slayer, destroyer, liquidator, executioner, cut-throat, exterminator Klaus Barbie was known in France as the Butcher of Lyon.
verb
1. slaughter, prepare, carve, cut up, dress, cut, clean, joint Pigs were butchered, hams were hung to dry from the ceiling.
2. kill, slaughter, massacre, destroy, cut down, assassinate, slay, liquidate, exterminate, put to the sword Our people are being butchered in their own homes.
3. mess up, destroy, ruin, wreck, spoil, mutilate, botch, bodge (informal) I am not in Cannes because they butchered my film.

butcher

nounverb
To kill savagely and indiscriminately:
Translations
řezníkzavražditporážetpovražditřeznictví
slagterslagterforretningslagte
lihunik
teurastajatuhotaleikatalihakauppapahoinpidellä
mesarmesnica
hentesmészárosmozgóárusleöl
slátraslátra; strádrepaslátrari
肉屋
정육점정육점 주인
lanius
išskerstimėsininkasskerdėjasskersti
kautmiesnieksslepkavot
mäsiarpovraždiť
mesar
slaktaslaktareslakteriaffärstycka
คนขายเนื้อร้านขายเนื้อ
kasapkasap dükkanıkatliam yapmakkesmekkan dökmek
cửa hàng thịtngười bán thịt

butcher

[ˈbʊtʃəʳ]
A. N
1. (gen, also fig) → carnicero/a m/f
butcher's (shop)carnicería f
at the butcher'sen la carnicería
2. (US) → vendedor(a) m/f de dulces
3. let's have a butcher's (Brit) → déjame verlo RHYMING SLANG
B. VT [+ animal] → matar (fig) → hacer una carnicería con, masacrar

butcher

[ˈbʊtʃər]
n
(= man) → boucher m
He's a butcher → Il est boucher.
(= shop) butcher's → boucherie f
vt [+ people] → massacrer; [+ pig, cow, sheep] → tuerbutcher's shop nboucherie f

butcher

n
Fleischer m, → Metzger m (dial), → Schlachter m (N Ger); butcher’s (shop)Fleischerei f, → Metzgerei f (dial), → Schlachterei f (N Ger); at the butcher’sbeim Fleischer etc; butcher’s boyFleischerjunge etc m; butcher’s wifeFleischersfrau etc f
(fig: = murderer) → Schlächter m
butchers pl (Brit inf: = look) give us a butcherslass mal gucken (inf); take or have a butchers (at that)guck mal (das an) (inf); do you want a butchers?willste mal gucken? (inf)
vt animalsschlachten; peopleabschlachten, niedermetzeln; (fig) play, piece of music, languagevergewaltigen; his butchered bodyseine schrecklich zugerichtete Leiche

butcher

[ˈbʊtʃəʳ]
1. n (also) (fig) → macellaio
butcher's knife → coltello da macellaio (Culin) → coltello per carne (cruda)
butcher's (shop) → macelleria
at the butcher's → dal macellaio
2. vtmacellare

butcher

(ˈbutʃə) noun
a person whose business is to kill cattle etc for food and/or sell their flesh.
verb
1. to kill for food.
2. to kill cruelly. All the prisoners were butchered by the dictator.

butcher

جَزّار, مَحَلّ الـجِزارَة řeznictví, řezník slagter, slagterforretning Metzger χασάπης, χασάπικο carnicería, carnicero lihakauppa, teurastaja boucher, boucherie mesar, mesnica macellaio, macelleria 肉屋 정육점, 정육점 주인 slager, slagerij slakter, slakterbutikk rzeźnia, rzeźnik açougue, açougueiro, talhante, talho мясник, мясной магазин slaktare, slakteriaffär คนขายเนื้อ, ร้านขายเนื้อ kasap, kasap dükkanı cửa hàng thịt, người bán thịt 屠夫, 肉店
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Early that evening George went into Ransom Surbeck's pool room with Seth Richmond and Art Wilson, son of the town butcher.
Peter put the melons in a row on the oilcloth-covered table and stood over them, brandishing a butcher knife.
She went in to give directions to the cook, to say that the butcher would have to bring much less meat, that they would require only half their usual quantity of bread, of milk and groceries.
A butcher hard by in the village, and the parsonage-house within a stone's throw.
I'm sure last winter (it was a very severe one, if you recollect, and when it did not snow, it rained and blew), not a creature but the butcher and postman came to the house, from November till February; and I really got quite melancholy with sitting night after night alone; I had Leah in to read to me sometimes; but I don't think the poor girl liked the task much: she felt it confining.
We'll put the money in th' envelope an' I'll get th' butcher boy to take it in his cart.
If I had any capital to give them, I should make Frank a butcher, Cecil a baker, and Arthur a grocer -- those being the only human vocations I know of which are certain to be always in request.
The butcher and the porkman painted up, only the leanest scrags of meat; the baker, the coarsest of meagre loaves.
The playground was a bare gravelled yard, open to all the back of the house and the offices; and I knew that the servants read it, and the butcher read it, and the baker read it; that everybody, in a word, who came backwards and forwards to the house, of a morning when I was ordered to walk there, read that I was to be taken care of, for I bit, I recollect that I positively began to have a dread of myself, as a kind of wild boy who did bite.
You would have been disposed of for so many shillings according to the market price of the article, and Dunstable the butcher would have come up to you as you lay in your straw, and he would have whipped you under his left arm, and with his right he would have tucked up his frock to get a penknife from out of his waistcoat-pocket, and he would have shed your blood and had your life.
The butcher, a jolly, smiling, red-haired man, was not disposed to answer rashly.
Then Faku fell back dying, and Umslopogaas threw up his arms and dropped like an ox drops beneath the blow of the butcher, and lay as one dead, under the shadow of a stone.