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Definition of Butcher


  1. One who slaughters animals, or dresses their flesh for market; one whose occupation it is to kill animals for food.
  2. A slaughterer; one who kills in large numbers, or with unusual cruelty; one who causes needless loss of life, as in battle.
  3. To kill or slaughter (animals) for food, or for market; as, to butcher hogs.
  4. To murder, or kill, especially in an unusually bloody or barbarous manner.

Butcher Quotations

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.
Adam Smith

If we must have a tyrant, let him at least be a gentleman who has been bred to the business, and let us fall by the axe and not by the butcher's cleaver.
Lord Byron

Only the stupidest calves choose their own butcher.
Konrad Adenauer

I really appreciate the many neighbourhoods of Berkeley. There is still the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker. And it has the University of California, which is the greatest gift, to my mind, to be close to it. It keeps the place alive.
Alice Waters

What a kid I got, I told him about the birds and the bee and he told me about the butcher and my wife.
Rodney Dangerfield
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Butcher Translations

butcher in Afrikaans is slag, slagter
butcher in Danish is slagter
butcher in Dutch is slachten, afslachten
butcher in Finnish is teurastaa
butcher in French is boucher, charcutier, abattre
butcher in German is Fleischer, Metzger, Metzger, Fleischer
butcher in Italian is macellaio, macellaio
butcher in Latin is iuguolo, macellarius, trucido
butcher in Norwegian is slakter
butcher in Spanish is carnicero
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