butcher

The person whose job it is to cut up and sell meat is called a butcher. Your grandmother might go to the butcher once a week to buy pork chops.

A butcher is an expert at preparing cuts of meat and poultry in a butcher shop or the meat section of a supermarket. You can also call a person whose job is slaughtering farm animals a butcher. Because this is a fairly bloody, gory occupation, the word is also used to mean a cruel, ruthless murderer. And when you really mess something up, you can also be said to butcher it — like the way you butchered that poem when you tried to recite it from memory.

Primary Meanings of butcher

1.
nv
a person who slaughters or dresses meat for market
kill (animals) usually for food consumption
2.
v
make a mess of, destroy or ruin
3.
n
someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence
4.
n
a brutal indiscriminate murderer
Full Definitions of butcher
1

n a person who slaughters or dresses meat for market

Synonyms:
slaughterer
Types:
knacker
someone who buys up old horses for slaughter
Type of:
skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker
a worker who has acquired special skills

n a retailer of meat

Synonyms:
meatman
Types:
pork butcher
a vendor of pork and products made from pork
Type of:
merchandiser, merchant
a businessperson engaged in retail trade

v kill (animals) usually for food consumption

Synonyms:
slaughter
Types:
chine
cut through the backbone of an animal
Type of:
kill
cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
2

v make a mess of, destroy or ruin

3

n someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence

Synonyms:
blunderer, botcher, bumbler, bungler, fumbler, sad sack, stumbler
Type of:
incompetent, incompetent person
someone who is not competent to take effective action
4

n a brutal indiscriminate murderer

Type of:
liquidator, manslayer, murderer
a criminal who commits homicide (who performs the unlawful premeditated killing of another human being)

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