There are 2 main definitions of butty in English:

Share this entry

Share this page

butty1

Line breaks: butty
Pronunciation: /ˈbʌti
 
/
(also buttie)

noun (plural butties)

informal , chiefly Northern English
A filled or open sandwich: a bacon butty
More example sentences
  • 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.

Share this entry

Share this page

 

There are 2 main definitions of butty in English:

Share this entry

Share this page

butty2

Line breaks: butty
Pronunciation: /ˈbʌti
 
/

noun (plural butties)

British
1 informal (Among miners) a friend or workmate.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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'.

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.