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Sense: 1-2, 4-6
Date: 1400-1500
Origin: Origin unknown.
Sense: 3
Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: but 'target, goal, end'
Sense: 7
Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: botte
Sense: 8
Date: 1500-1600
Origin: BUTT2

butt

1 noun
     
Related topics: Daily Life, Tobacco, Weapons
butt1 [countable]
1

part of your body

American English informal the part of your body that you sit on [= buttocks]:
a baby's soft little butt

➔ be a pain in the butt

at pain1 (3)
2

cigarette

DFT the end of a cigarette after most of it has been smoked
3

be the butt of something

to be the person or thing that other people often make jokes about:
Paul quickly became the butt of everyone's jokes.
4

gun

PMW the thick end of the handle of a gun:
a rifle butt
5

get your butt in/out/over etc

American English spoken used to rudely tell someone to go somewhere or do something:
Kevin, get your butt over here!
6 American English spoken

work/play etc your butt off

to work, play etc very hard:
I worked my butt off in college.
7

container

D British English a large round container for collecting or storing liquids:
a rainwater butt
8

hitting with your head

the act of hitting someone with your head

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