Buttery food is full of butter, a rich creamy fat. Buttery also describes anything that reminds you of butter, like warm yellow light or a smooth talker who’s trying to butter you up so she can borrow your car.

Although buttery is often used literally, as in “buttery popcorn,” it can describe anything that’s like butter in another way. If you describe someone's words or manner as buttery, you mean that they act insincerely complimentary or fawning. An old-fashioned meaning of buttery is "storeroom," like a pantry for keeping food or wine. Some British universities have a buttery, which is a snack shack for students.

Definitions of buttery
  1. adjective
    resembling or containing or spread with butter
    “a rich buttery cake”
    fat, fatty
    containing or composed of fat
  2. adjective
    unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech
    buttery praise”
    synonyms: fulsome, oily, oleaginous, smarmy, soapy, unctuous
    lacking sincerity
  3. noun
    a small storeroom for storing foods or wines
    synonyms: larder, pantry
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    still room, stillroom
    a pantry or storeroom connected with the kitchen (especially in a large house) for preparing tea and beverages and for storing liquors and preserves and tea etc
    type of:
    storage room, storeroom, stowage
    a room in which things are stored
  4. noun
    a teashop where students in British universities can purchase light meals
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    type of:
    tea parlor, tea parlour, teahouse, tearoom, teashop
    a restaurant where tea and light meals are available
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