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butch Syllabification: butch
Pronunciation: /bo͝oCH/

Definition of butch in English:


Manlike or masculine in appearance or behavior, typically aggressively or ostentatiously so.
Example sentences
  • The good news, what there is of it, is that the few remaining teeth that I do have are apparently good teeth, strong teeth, firm, manly, positively butch teeth.
  • Number one: while I personally quite like butch women, it's not a taste that's shared by every woman in the world - or even most of them.
  • In the restlessly nurturing mind's eye of my mother, there resides a vastly better lighted and less deliberately butch apartment that is organized to be shared with a member of the opposite sex.
masculine, manly;
mannish, manlike
informal macho


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A mannish lesbian, often contrasted with a more feminine partner. Compare with femme.
Example sentences
  • Also masculine females and feminine males - including butches and gay males considered to be ‘effeminate.’
  • My friends are largely femmes who date only butches - so many of us have dated or at least slept with the same ones.
  • Nearly all of those women who do like butches are lesbians.


Example sentences
  • Connelly decides to seek out emotional truth in her role, and leaves the hysterics and butchy resolve to lesser scream queens.
  • Most of my female lovers have been pretty butchy.
  • I'm not a butchy looking dyke.


1940s: perhaps an abbreviation of butcher.

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