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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: boter 'to push'

butt

2 verb
     
butt2 [intransitive and transitive]
1 to hit or push against something or someone with your head
2 if an animal butts someone, it hits them with its horns

butt in

phrasal verb
1 to interrupt a conversation rudely:
Stop butting in!
2 to become involved in a private situation that does not concern you
butt in on
They don't want outsiders butting in on their decision-making.

butt out

phrasal verb
used to tell someone rudely that you do not want them to be involved in a conversation or situation:
This has nothing to do with you, so just butt out!

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