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butcher

butch·er

butcher

 
pronunciation:
bU chr
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: someone in the business of selling meat.
definition 2: someone who prepares animals for sale as meat by killing or dressing them.
synonyms:
meatpacker, slaughterer
similar words:
cutter, trimmer
definition 3: someone who has committed many, or extremely vicious, murders.
synonyms:
Bluebeard, cutthroat, homicide, killer, murderer
similar words:
destroyer, exterminator, scourge
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: butchered, butchering, butchers
definition 1: to kill or dress in preparation for sale or use as meat.
synonyms:
dress, kill, slaughter
definition 2: to murder viciously or indiscriminately.
synonyms:
decimate, kill, massacre, murder, slaughter, slay
similar words:
annihilate, brutalize, eradicate, exterminate, ruin, savage
definition 3: to do badly; bungle.
He butchered that paint job.
synonyms:
botch, bungle, murder, spoil
similar words:
fumble, hack, mar, muddle
derivation: butcherer (n.)
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