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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

After I won the Oscar, my salary doubled, my friends tripled, my children became more popular at school, my butcher made a pass at me, and my maid hit me up for a raise.
Shirley Jones

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

Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher's the poet's equal there.
Emile M. Cioran

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
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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