There are 2 definitions of butty in English:

butty1

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʌti
 
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(also buttie)

noun (plural butties)

informal , chiefly Northern English
A filled or open sandwich: a bacon butty
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  • You wouldn't make a chip buttie with these chips but they are so handy to have in the freezer.
  • It's no different to having a chip buttie or a crisp sandwich.
  • But it's here, over a cappuccino and a bacon buttie, that I meet Gianluca Bisol, whose family have been making prosecco for five generations.

Origin

mid 19th century: from butter + -y2.

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There are 2 definitions of butty in English:

butty2

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʌti
 
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noun (plural butties)

British
1 informal (Among miners) a friend or workmate.
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  • I was given into the care of a mentor or, as the miners say, a butty.
  • On arrival, my butty unlocked the tools and gave me my shovel, sledge and mandrill.
  • My shivering horror attracted my butty's attention and then he laughed.
2 historical A middleman negotiating between miners and the mine owner.
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  • Originally coal was mined on a 'butty' system where a butty was a middleman between a gang of half a dozen workers and the proprietors, the miners being paid a fixed rate per ton.
  • A Charter Master, aka contractor, bargain man, bargain taker, butty, butty man, contracted for the getting of coal in a specified section at an agreed rate per ton.
  • A Butty in the mining districts is a middleman: a Doggy is his manager.
3 (also butty boat) An unpowered freight barge intended to be towed.
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  • On the right is the butty boat with its large wooden rudder and canine crew, on the left is the motor.
  • It's a meadow, on a butty boat, towed by a tugboat, through the canals from Bath to London.
  • Unlike many butties Malus has never been converted, and used a motor boat but has kept her butty boat framework and structure throughout her lifetime.

Origin

late 18th century: probably from booty1 in the phrase play booty 'join in sharing plunder'.

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Word of the day epyllion
Pronunciation: ɪˈpɪlɪən
noun
a narrative poem resembling an epic in style...