Definition of butch in English:


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Pronunciation: /bʊtʃ


Mannish or masculine in appearance or behaviour, often aggressively or ostentatiously so: a butch woman in a baseball cap
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  • 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.
(aggressively) masculine, manly, all man, virile, red-blooded, swashbuckling;
informal macho, dykey
rare viraginous, viragoish


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A mannish lesbian, typically as contrasted with a more feminine partner. Compare with femme.
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  • 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.


1940s: perhaps an abbreviation of butcher.



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  • 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.

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