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BUTCHER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does butcher mean? 

BUTCHER (noun)
  The noun BUTCHER has 4 senses:

1. a retailer of meat
2. a brutal indiscriminate murderer
3. a person who slaughters or dresses meat for market
4. someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence

  Familiarity information: BUTCHER used as a noun is uncommon.


BUTCHER (verb)
  The verb BUTCHER has 1 sense:

1. kill (animals) usually for food consumption

  Familiarity information: BUTCHER used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BUTCHER (noun)


Sense 1butcher [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A retailer of meat

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

butcher; meatman

Hypernyms ("butcher" is a kind of...):

merchandiser; merchant (a businessperson engaged in retail trade)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "butcher"):

pork butcher (a vendor of pork and products made from pork)


Sense 2butcher [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A brutal indiscriminate murderer

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("butcher" is a kind of...):

liquidator; manslayer; murderer (a criminal who commits homicide (who performs the unlawful premeditated killing of another human being))


Sense 3butcher [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who slaughters or dresses meat for market

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

slaughterer; butcher

Hypernyms ("butcher" is a kind of...):

skilled worker; skilled workman; trained worker (a worker who has acquired special skills)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "butcher"):

knacker (someone who buys up old horses for slaughter)


Sense 4butcher [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

blunderer; botcher; bumbler; bungler; fuckup; fumbler; sad sack; stumbler; butcher

Hypernyms ("butcher" is a kind of...):

incompetent; incompetent person (someone who is not competent to take effective action)


BUTCHER (verb)


Sense 1butcher [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Kill (animals) usually for food consumption

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

butcher; slaughter

Context example:

They slaughtered their only goat to survive the winter

Hypernyms (to "butcher" is one way to...):

kill (cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly)

"Butcher" entails doing...:

cut (separate with or as if with an instrument)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "butcher"):

chine (cut through the backbone of an animal)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They want to butcher the prisoners


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