noun (plural butties)• informal , chiefly Northern English
- A filled or open sandwich: a bacon buttyMore 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.
noun (plural butties)British
- 1 • informal (Among miners) a friend or workmate.More 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.More 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.More 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.
late 18th century: probably from booty1 in the phrase play booty 'join in sharing plunder'.