Etymology
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butch (n.)

"tough youth," 1902, first attested in nickname of U.S. outlaw George Cassidy (1866-?), probably an abbreviation of butcher (n.). Sense of "aggressive lesbian" is by 1940s. As an adjective by 1941.

updated on September 05, 2017

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Definitions of butch from WordNet
1
butch (n.)
(slang) offensive term for a lesbian who is noticeably masculine;
Synonyms: dike / dyke
butch (n.)
a closely cropped haircut; usually for men or boys;
Synonyms: crew cut / flattop
2
butch (adj.)
used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner;
Synonyms: macho
butch (adj.)
(of male or female homosexuals) characterized by stereotypically male traits or appearance;
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