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

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, Matthew

Butch, Brian