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but·ton·hole

 (bŭt′n-hōl′)
n.
1. A small slit in a garment or piece of fabric for fastening a button.
2. Chiefly British A boutonniere.
tr.v. but·ton·holed, but·ton·hol·ing, but·ton·holes
1. To make a buttonhole in.
2. To sew with a buttonhole stitch.
3. To accost and detain (a person) in conversation: "He was also frequently buttonholed by White House lobbyists" (Terence Moran).

[V., sense 3, probably alteration of button-hold.]

but′ton·hol′er n.

buttonhole

(ˈbʌtənˌhəʊl)
n
1. (Clothing & Fashion) a slit in a garment, etc, through which a button is passed to fasten two surfaces together
2. (Clothing & Fashion) a flower or small bunch of flowers worn pinned to the lapel or in the buttonhole, esp at weddings, formal dances, etc. US name: boutonniere
vb (tr)
3. to detain (a person) in conversation. Also called: buttonhold
4. (Clothing & Fashion) to make buttonholes in
5. (Knitting & Sewing) to sew with buttonhole stitch

but•ton•hole

(ˈbʌt nˌhoʊl)

n., v. -holed, -hol•ing. n.
1. the hole, slit, or loop through which a button is passed and by which it is secured.
v.t.
2. to sew with a buttonhole stitch.
3. to make buttonholes in.
4. to accost and detain (someone) in conversation.
[1555–65]
but′ton•hol`er, n.

buttonhole


Past participle: buttonholed
Gerund: buttonholing

Imperative
buttonhole
buttonhole
Present
I buttonhole
you buttonhole
he/she/it buttonholes
we buttonhole
you buttonhole
they buttonhole
Preterite
I buttonholed
you buttonholed
he/she/it buttonholed
we buttonholed
you buttonholed
they buttonholed
Present Continuous
I am buttonholing
you are buttonholing
he/she/it is buttonholing
we are buttonholing
you are buttonholing
they are buttonholing
Present Perfect
I have buttonholed
you have buttonholed
he/she/it has buttonholed
we have buttonholed
you have buttonholed
they have buttonholed
Past Continuous
I was buttonholing
you were buttonholing
he/she/it was buttonholing
we were buttonholing
you were buttonholing
they were buttonholing
Past Perfect
I had buttonholed
you had buttonholed
he/she/it had buttonholed
we had buttonholed
you had buttonholed
they had buttonholed
Future
I will buttonhole
you will buttonhole
he/she/it will buttonhole
we will buttonhole
you will buttonhole
they will buttonhole
Future Perfect
I will have buttonholed
you will have buttonholed
he/she/it will have buttonholed
we will have buttonholed
you will have buttonholed
they will have buttonholed
Future Continuous
I will be buttonholing
you will be buttonholing
he/she/it will be buttonholing
we will be buttonholing
you will be buttonholing
they will be buttonholing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been buttonholing
you have been buttonholing
he/she/it has been buttonholing
we have been buttonholing
you have been buttonholing
they have been buttonholing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been buttonholing
you will have been buttonholing
he/she/it will have been buttonholing
we will have been buttonholing
you will have been buttonholing
they will have been buttonholing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been buttonholing
you had been buttonholing
he/she/it had been buttonholing
we had been buttonholing
you had been buttonholing
they had been buttonholing
Conditional
I would buttonhole
you would buttonhole
he/she/it would buttonhole
we would buttonhole
you would buttonhole
they would buttonhole
Past Conditional
I would have buttonholed
you would have buttonholed
he/she/it would have buttonholed
we would have buttonholed
you would have buttonholed
they would have buttonholed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.buttonhole - a hole through which buttons are pushed
garment - an article of clothing; "garments of the finest silk"
hole - an opening deliberately made in or through something
Verb1.buttonhole - detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors
solicit, beg, tap - make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently; "Henry IV solicited the Pope for a divorce"; "My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities"

buttonhole

verb detain, catch, grab, intercept, accost, waylay, take aside It is not easy to buttonhole her for an interview.
Translations
عُروهيَمْسِكُ بِ، يوقِفُ للتَّحَدُّثِ إلى
knoflíková dírkazastavit a zdržovat řečí
hage sig fast iknaphul
gomblyuk
hnappagatnegla, tefja meî masi
gombíková dierka
düğme deliğiiliklâfa tutmaktıraşa tutmak

buttonhole

[ˈbʌtnhəʊl]
A. N
1. [of garment] → ojal m
2. (Brit) (= flower) flor que se lleva en el ojal
B. VT (fig) → enganchar
I was buttonholed by BrianBrian me enganchó y no me dejaba irme

buttonhole

[ˈbʌtənhəʊl]
nboutonnière f
vt [+ person] → accrocherbutton lift ntéléski m à perchebutton mushroom n(petit) champignon m de Paris

buttonhole

[ˈbʌtnˌhəʊl]
1. nasola, occhiello
to wear a buttonhole → portare un fiore all'occhiello
2. vt (person) → attaccar bottone a or con

button

(ˈbatn) noun
1. a knob or disc used as a fastening. I lost a button off my coat.
2. a small knob pressed to operate something. This button turns the radio on.
verb
(often with up) to fasten by means of buttons.
ˈbuttonhole noun
the hole or slit into which a button is put.
verb
to catch someone's attention and hold him in conversation. He buttonholed me and began telling me the story of his life.
References in classic literature ?
I am a stupid thing, and ought to be studying, not playing," was Beth's resolution, while Amy followed their example by heroically declaring, "I shall learn to make buttonholes, and attend to my parts of speech.
As Jerry went to open the door two men, with colors in their hats and buttonholes, ran up calling out, "Cab
In fact, there will be ample time to-morrow for us to chop up father Adam's doublet into slashes and buttonholes.
Small stitches, Maud; neat buttonholes, Fan; cut carefully, Polly, and don't waste your cloth.
Major Loder knew a great number of foreigners, keen-looking whiskered men with dirty striped ribbons in their buttonholes, and a very small display of linen; but his own countrymen, it might be remarked, eschewed the Major.
Mr Bradley Headstone, highly certificated stipendiary schoolmaster, drew his right forefinger through one of the buttonholes of the boy's coat, and looked at it attentively.
When he talked he caught his victim by the buttonhole, and his face kept coming closer and closer-- which was trying, because his teeth were so bad.
Enter LORD GORING in evening dress with a buttonhole.
But Fisher had a flower in his buttonhole, and his friend could have sworn he carried his cane with something almost like the swagger of a fighter.
The red flower stood up in his buttonhole aggressively, as if it had suddenly grown there.
This seemed as natural to Newland Archer as all the other conventions on which his life was moulded: such as the duty of using two silver- backed brushes with his monogram in blue enamel to part his hair, and of never appearing in society without a flower (preferably a gardenia) in his buttonhole.
He had a handsome face, an artfully poised hat, a glass in one eye, and a nosegay in his buttonhole.