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Noun: butcher  bû-chu(r)
  1. A retailer of meat
    - meatman
  2. A brutal indiscriminate murderer
  3. A person who slaughters or dresses meat for market
    - slaughterer
  4. Someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence
    - bungler, blunderer, fumbler, bumbler, stumbler, sad sack [N. Amer], botcher
Verb: butcher  bû-chu(r)
  1. Kill (animals) usually for food consumption
    "They butchered their only goat to survive the winter";
    - slaughter
  2. Make a mess of, destroy or ruin
    - botch, bodge [Brit], bumble, fumble, botch up, muff, blow, flub [N. Amer], screw up, ball up, spoil, muck up, bungle, fluff, bobble [N. Amer], mishandle, louse up, foul up, mess up, goof up, cock up [Brit], balls up
  3. Kill a large number of people indiscriminately
    "The Hutus butchered the Tutsis in Rwanda";
    - massacre, slaughter, mow down
Adjective: butch (butcher,butchest)  bûch
  1. Used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner
    - macho
  2. (of male or female homosexuals) characterized by stereotypically male traits or appearance

Derived forms: butchering, butchers, butchered

See also: homosexual, masculine

Type of: fail, go wrong, incompetent, incompetent person, kill, liquidator, manslayer, merchandiser, merchant, miscarry, murderer, skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker

Encyclopedia: Butcher, Oldfield Mouse