butt

\ \ There are no fewer than four distinct words butt in English. The oldest, ‘hit with the head’ [12], comes via Anglo-Norman buter from Old French boter. This can be traced back through Vulgar Latin *bottārethrust’ (source of English button) to a prehistoric Germanic *buttan. Old French boter produced a derivative boteretthrusting’, whose use in the phrase ars boterezthrusting arch’ was the basis of English buttress [13]. Buttbarrel’ [14] comes via Anglo-Norman but and Old French bot or bout from late Latin buttiscask’ (a diminutive form of which was the basis of English bottle). A derivative of the Anglo-Norman form was buteriestoreroom for casks of alcohol’, from which English gets butteryfood shop in a college’ [14]. Butttarget’ [14] probably comes from Old French butgoal, shooting target’, but the early English sense ‘mound on which a target is set up’ suggests association also with French buttemound, knoll’ (which was independently borrowed into English in the 19th century as a term for the isolated steep-sided hills found in the Western states of the USA). Buttthick end’ [15], as in ‘rifle butt’ and ‘cigarette butt’, appears to be related to other Germanic words in the same general semantic area, such as Low German buttblunt’ and Middle Dutch botstumpy’, and may well come ultimately from the same base as produced buttock [13]. (The colloquial American sense of butt, ‘buttocks’, originated in the 15th century.) The verb abut [15] comes partly from Anglo- Latin abuttāre, a derivative of huttaridge or strip of land’, which may be related to English buttthick end’, and partly from Old French aboter, a derivative of boter, from which English gets butthit with the head’.
\ \ Cf.BUTTON, BUTTRESS; BOTTLE, BUTLER, BUTTE, DÉBUT; BUTTOCK, ABUT

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

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