- (tr, adverb) to flatter
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butter up vb
but•ter /ˈbʌtɚ/USA pronunciation n.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
v. [~ + object]
- Fooda soft whitish or yellowish fat that is separated from milk or cream when it is churned, used as a spread and in cooking.
- Foodany of various other soft spreads for bread or for baking:apple butter.
v. [~ + object]
- Foodto put butter on or in:He buttered the toast.
- Informal Termsbutter up, to flatter or praise (someone) too much: [~ + object + up]buttered her up by telling her what a great boss she was.[~ + up + object]He liked to butter up every new boss he had.
but•ter (but′ər),USA pronunciation n.
- Foodthe fatty portion of milk, separating as a soft whitish or yellowish solid when milk or cream is agitated or churned.
- Foodthis substance, processed for cooking and table use.
- Foodany of various other soft spreads for bread:apple butter; peanut butter.
- Foodany of various substances of butterlike consistency, as various metallic chlorides, and certain vegetable oils solid at ordinary temperatures.
- Foodto put butter on or in;
spread or grease with butter.
- to apply a liquefied bonding material to (a piece or area), as mortar to a course of bricks.
- Metallurgyto cover (edges to be welded together) with a preliminary surface of the weld metal.
- butter up, [Informal.]to flatter someone in order to gain a favor:He suspected that they were buttering him up when everyone suddenly started being nice to him.
- Greek boútȳron
- Latin būtȳrum
- bef. 1000; Middle English; Old English butere
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