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Definitions of butcher

  1. someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. kill; used of animals, but also used for people to indicate brutality Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a person who slaughters or dresses meat for market Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a brutal indiscriminate murderer Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a retailer of meat Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. kill (animals) usually for food consumption; "They slaughtered their only goat to survive the winter" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. One who slaughters animals, or dresses their flesh for market; one whose occupation it is to kill animals for food. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A slaughterer; one who kills in large numbers, or with unusual cruelty; one who causes needless loss of life, as in battle. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To kill or slaughter (animals) for food, or for market; as, to butcher hogs. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To murder, or kill, especially in an unusually bloody or barbarous manner. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. One who kills animals to sell for food; sometimes, a cruel and bloody murderer. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. To kill for food; to murder in a horrible and cruel manner; to botch. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. One whose business is to slaughter animals for food: one who delights in bloody deeds. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. To slaughter animals for food: to put to a bloody death, to kill cruelly. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. One who slaughters animals for food. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. To slaughter; kill cruelly; massacre. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. To slaughter (animals) for market; kill (men) barbarously. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. One who slaughters animals or deals in meats. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. A bloody or cruel murderer. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. One whose business is to slaughter animals for food; one who delights in slaughter or deeds of blood. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  21. To slaughter animals for food; to murder with cruelty; to slaughter inhumanly. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. One who slaughters animals for food; one who cuts up and sells meat or flesh; a cruel man; one who delights in blood. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  23. To kill or slaughter animals for food; to murder with unusual cruelty. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  24. to bungle badly; to botch; used also when an object is damaged (literally or figuratively) in an activity; as, the new choir butchered the hymn. dictgcide_fs
  25. booch'[.e]r, n. one whose business is to slaughter animals for food: one who delights in bloody deeds.--v.t. to slaughter animals for food: to put to a bloody death, to kill cruelly: (fig.) to spoil anything, as a bad actor or the like.--ns. BUTCH'ER-BIRD, a shrike; BUTCH'ERING, BUTCH'ING, the act of killing for food, or cruelly.--adv. BUTCH'ERLY, butcher-like, cruel, murderous.--ns. BUTCH'ER-MEAT, BUTCH'ER'S-MEAT, the flesh of animals slaughtered by butchers, as distinguished from fish, fowls, and game; BUTCH'ER'S-BROOM, a genus of plants of the lily order, the common one being an evergreen shrub, a bunch of which is used by butchers for sweeping their blocks; BUTCH'ERY, great or cruel slaughter: a slaughter-house or shambles. [O. Fr. bochier, bouchier, one who kills he-goats--boc, a he-goat; allied to Eng. BUCK.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  26. Slaughterer of animals for food; dealer in meat; judge, general, &c., who has men killed needlessly or brutally; a salmon-fly; b.\'s bill, list of killed in war; b.-bird, kind of shrike; b.\'s-broom, low spiny-leaved evergreen =Knee Holly; b.\'s meat excluding poultry, game, & bacon &c. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  27. Slaughter (people) wantonly or cruelly; ruin by bad reading or editing, damage by harsh criticism. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  28. The b., the baker, the candlestick-maker, people of all trades. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  29. n. [French] One who slaughters animals for the market, or sells their flesh;—one who recklessly destroys human life; one given to slaughter. Cabinet Dictionary
  30. One that kills animals to sell their flesh; one that is delighted with blood. Complete Dictionary

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