butcher

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Pronunciation[change]

  • (UK) IPA: /ˈbʊtʃ.ə(ɹ)/
  • (US) IPA: /ˈbʊt͡ʃ.ɚ/
  • (file)

Noun[change]

Singular
butcher

Plural
butchers

two butchers
  1. (countable) A butcher is a person who slices and sells meat.
    I went to the butcher to buy a steak.
  2. (countable) A butcher is a person who kills and prepares animals as meat.
    The butcher killed the pig and made bacon.
  3. (countable) A butcher is a person who kills in a violent way.
    Jack the Ripper was a crazy butcher of women.

Verb[change]

Plain form
butcher

Third-person singular
butchers

Past tense
butchered

Past participle
butchered

Present participle
butchering

  1. (transitive) If you butcher an animal, you kill it and cut it up into meat.
    He had to butcher the sheep to get chops for his dinner.