butt vs stub what difference

what is difference between butt and stub

English

Pronunciation

  • (UK, General American) enPR: bŭt, IPA(key): /bʌt/
  • Rhymes: -ʌt
  • Homophone: but

Etymology 1

From Middle English but, butte (goal, mark, butt of land), from Old English byt, bytt (small piece of land) and *butt (attested in diminutive Old English buttuc (end, small piece of land) > English buttock), from Proto-Germanic *buttaz (end, piece), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰudʰnós (bottom), later thematic variant of Proto-Indo-European *bʰudʰmḗn ~ *bʰudʰn-, perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *dʰewbʰ- (deep).

Cognate with Norwegian butt (stump, block), Icelandic bútur (piece, fragment), Low German butt (blunt, clumsy). Influenced by Old French but, butte (but, mark), ultimately from the same Germanic source. Compare also Albanian bythë (buttocks), Ancient Greek πυθμήν (puthmḗn, bottom of vessel), Latin fundus (bottom) and Sanskrit बुध्न (budhná, bottom), from the same Proto-Indo-European root. Related to bottom, boot.

Noun

butt (plural butts)

  1. (countable) The larger or thicker end of something; the blunt end, in distinction from the sharp or narrow end
    1. (Canada, US, slang) The buttocks (used as a euphemism in idiomatic expressions; less objectionable than arse/ass).
      1. (slang) The whole buttocks and pelvic region that includes one’s private parts.
      2. (slang, metonymically) Body; self.
    2. (leather trades) The thickest and stoutest part of tanned oxhides, used for soles of boots, harness, trunks.
  2. (countable) The waste end of anything
    1. (slang) A used cigarette.
    2. A piece of land left unplowed at the end of a field.
      • c. 1850-1860, Alexander Mansfield Burrill, A New Law Dictionary and Glossary
        The hay was growing upon headlands and butts in cornfields.
    3. (obsolete, West Country) Hassock.
  3. (countable, generally) An end of something, often distinguished in some way from the other end.
    1. The end of a firearm opposite to that from which a bullet is fired.
    2. (lacrosse) The plastic or rubber cap used to cover the open end of a lacrosse stick’s shaft in order to reduce injury.
    3. The portion of a half-coupling fastened to the end of a hose.
    4. The end of a connecting rod or other like piece, to which the boxing is attached by the strap, cotter, and gib.
    5. (mechanical) A joint where the ends of two objects come squarely together without scarfing or chamfering.
      Synonym: butt joint
    6. (carpentry) A kind of hinge used in hanging doors, etc., so named because it is attached to the inside edge of the door and butts against the casing, instead of on its face, like the strap hinge; also called butt hinge.
    7. (shipbuilding) The joint where two planks in a strake meet.
    8. The blunt back part of an axehead or large blade. Also called the poll.
  4. (countable) A limit; a bound; a goal; the extreme bound; the end.
    • 1604, William Shakespeare, Othello, Act V, Scene II, line 267.
      Here is my journey’s end, here is my butt / And very sea-mark of my utmost sail.
    1. A mark to be shot at; a target.
      • 1598, William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act I, Scene II, line 186.
        To which is fixed, as an aim or butt
      • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 37.
        The inhabitants of all cities and towns were ordered to make butts, and to keep them in repair, under a penalty of twenty shillings per month, and to exercise themselves in shooting at them on holidays.
      • The groom his fellow groom at butts defies, / And bends his bow, and levels with his eyes.
    2. (usually as “butt of (a) joke”) A person at whom ridicule, jest, or contempt is directed.
      Synonym: laughing stock
      • I played a sentence or two at my butt, which I thought very smart.
    3. The hut or shelter of the person who attends to the targets in rifle practice.
Usage notes
  • “butt” for “buttocks” is considered less vulgar than “arse/ass”, but still not as polite as saying bottom or rear end.
Translations

Verb

butt (third-person singular simple present butts, present participle butting, simple past and past participle butted)

  1. To join at the butt, end, or outward extremity; to terminate; to be bounded; to abut.
    • And Barnsdale there doth butt on Don’s well-watered ground.
Derived terms
  • butt-weld, buttweld
Related terms
See also
  • (buttocks): callipygian, callipygous, dasypygal

Etymology 2

From Middle English butten, from Anglo-Norman buter, boter (to push, butt, strike), from Frankish *bautan (to hit, beat), from Proto-Germanic *bautaną (to beat, push), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewd- (to beat, push, strike). Cognate with Old English bēatan (to beat). More at beat.

Verb

butt (third-person singular simple present butts, present participle butting, simple past and past participle butted)

  1. (transitive) To strike bluntly, particularly with the head.
    • 1651, Henry Wotton, A Description of the Country’s Recreations
      Two harmless lambs are butting one the other.
  2. (intransitive) To strike bluntly with the head.
Related terms
Translations

Noun

butt (plural butts)

  1. A push, thrust, or sudden blow, given by the head; a head butt.
  2. A thrust in fencing.
    • To prove who gave the fairer butt, / John shows the chalk on Robert’s coat.
Translations

Etymology 3

From Middle English bit, bitte, bytte, butte (leather bottle), from Old English bytt, byt and Old French boute (cask) and other etymologies on this page.

Noun

butt (plural butts)

  1. (English units) An English measure of capacity for liquids, containing 126 wine gallons which is one-half tun; equivalent to the pipe.
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, p. 205.
      Again, by 28 Hen. VIII, cap. 14, it is re-enacted that the tun of wine should contain 252 gallons, a butt of Malmsey 126 gallons, a pipe 126 gallons, a tercian or puncheon 84 gallons, a hogshead 63 gallons, a tierce 41 gallons, a barrel 31.5 gallons, a rundlet 18.5 gallons. –
  2. A wooden cask for storing wine, usually containing 126 gallons.
    • 1611, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act II, Scene II, line 121.
      …I escap’d upon a butt of sack which the sailors heav’d o’erboard…

Related terms

Translations

Etymology 4

From Middle English but, butte, botte (flounder; plaice; turbot), possibly derived from sense 1 (blunt end), meaning “blunt-headed fish.” Compare Dutch bot and the second element of English halibut.

Cognate with West Frisian bot, German Low German Butt, German Butt, Butte, Swedish butta.

Alternative forms

  • but

Noun

butt (plural butts)

  1. (Northern England) Any of various flatfish such as sole, plaice or turbot
Derived terms
  • halibut
Translations

Etymology 5

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Noun

butt (plural butts)

  1. (dated, West Country and Ireland) A heavy two-wheeled cart.
  2. (dated, West Country and Ireland) A three-wheeled cart resembling a wheelbarrow.
Derived terms

References

  • Wright, Joseph (1898) The English Dialect Dictionary[1], volume 1, Oxford: Oxford University Press, page 463–465

Further reading

  • butt at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • butt in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From Middle Low German butt, bott.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bʉt/

Adjective

butt (neuter singular butt, definite singular and plural butte, comparative buttere, indefinite superlative buttest, definite superlative butteste)

  1. blunt (not sharp)
  2. (vinkel) obtuse (angle between 90 and 180 degrees)

References

  • “butt” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology 1

From Middle Low German butt, bott.

Adjective

butt (neuter singular butt, definite singular and plural butte, comparative buttare, indefinite superlative buttast, definite superlative buttaste)

  1. blunt (not sharp)
  2. (vinkel) obtuse (angle between 90 and 180 degrees)

Etymology 2

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Verb

butt

  1. past participle of bu

References

  • “butt” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.


English

Etymology

From Middle English stubbe (tree stump), from Old English stybb, stubb (tree stump), from Proto-Germanic *stubbaz (compare Middle Dutch stubbe, Old Norse stubbr), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)tew-; compare steep (sharp slope).

Sense extended in Middle English to similarly shaped objects. Verb sense “strike one’s toe” is recorded 1848; “extinguish a cigarette” 1927.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: stŭb, IPA(key): /stʌb/
  • Rhymes: -ʌb

Noun

stub (plural stubs)

  1. Something blunted, stunted, or cut short, such as stubble or a stump.
    • And prickly stubs instead of trees are found.
  2. A piece of certain paper items, designed to be torn off and kept for record or identification purposes.
    check stub, ticket stub, payment stub
  3. (computing) A placeholder procedure that has the signature of the planned procedure but does not yet implement the intended behavior.
    • [1], [2], [3]
    • 1996, Chip Weems, Nell Dale, Pascal:
      Even though the stub is a dummy, it allows us to determine whether the procedure is called at the right time by the program or calling procedure.
  4. (computing) A procedure that translates requests from external systems into a format suitable for processing and then submits those requests for processing.
    • [4], [5], [6]
    • 2002, Judith M Myerson, The Complete Book of Middleware:
      After this, the server stub calls the actual procedure on the server.
  5. (wikis) A page providing only minimal information and intended for later development.
  6. The remaining part of the docked tail of a dog
  7. An unequal first or last interest calculation period, as a part of a financial swap contract
  8. (obsolete) A log or block of wood.
  9. (obsolete) A blockhead.
  10. A pen with a short, blunt nib.
  11. An old and worn horseshoe nail.
  12. Stub iron.
  13. The smallest remainder of a smoked cigarette; a butt.

Antonyms

  • (computing) skeleton (4)

Hyponyms

  • stubble
  • stump

Derived terms

  • pencil stub
  • pay stub

Translations

Verb

stub (third-person singular simple present stubs, present participle stubbing, simple past and past participle stubbed)

  1. (transitive) To remove most of a tree, bush, or other rooted plant by cutting it close to the ground.
  2. (transitive) To remove a plant by pulling it out by the roots.
  3. (transitive) To jam, hit, or bump, especially a toe.
    I stubbed my toe trying to find the light switch in the dark.

Derived terms

  • unstubbed

Translations

References

Further reading

  • stub in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • stub in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • stub at OneLook Dictionary Search

Anagrams

  • BTUs, TBUs, bust, but’s, buts, tubs

Serbo-Croatian

Alternative forms

  • stȗp

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *stъlbъ.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /stûːb/

Noun

stȗb m (Cyrillic spelling сту̑б)

  1. pillar
  2. column (upright supporting beam)

Declension


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