Definitions for: Butcher

[n] someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence
[n] a person who slaughters or dresses meat for market
[n] a brutal indiscriminate murderer
[n] a retailer of meat
[v] kill; used of animals, but also used for people to indicate brutality

Webster (1913) Definition: Butch"er, n. [OE. bochere, bochier, OF. bochier, F.
boucher, orig., slaughterer of buck goats, fr. OF. boc, F.
bouc, a buck goat; of German or Celtic origin. See Buck the
1. One who slaughters animals, or dresses their flesh for
market; one whose occupation it is to kill animals for

2. A slaughterer; one who kills in large numbers, or with
unusual cruelty; one who causes needless loss of life, as
in battle. ``Butcher of an innocent child.'' --Shak.

Butcher bird (Zo["o]l.), a species of shrike of the genus

Note: The Lanius excubitor is the common butcher bird of
Europe. In England, the bearded tit is sometimes called
the lesser butcher bird. The American species are
L.borealis, or northern butcher bird, and {L.
Ludovicianus} or loggerhead shrike. The name butcher
bird is derived from its habit of suspending its prey
impaled upon thorns, after killing it.

Butcher's meat, such flesh of animals slaughtered for food
as is sold for that purpose by butchers, as beef, mutton,
lamb, and pork.

Butch"er, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Butchered; p. pr. &
vb. n. Butchering.]
1. To kill or slaughter (animals) for food, or for market;
as, to butcher hogs.

2. To murder, or kill, especially in an unusually bloody or
barbarous manner. --Macaulay.

[Ithocles] was murdered, rather butchered. --Ford.

Synonyms: blunderer, botcher, bumbler, bungler, fuckup, fumbler, meatman, sad sack, slaughter, slaughterer, stumbler

See Also: chine, cut, incompetent, incompetent person, kill, knacker, liquidator, manslayer, merchandiser, merchant, murderer, pork butcher, skilled worker, trained worker

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