butt vs tail what difference

what is difference between butt and tail

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

Pronunciation

  • enPR: tāl, IPA(key): /teɪl/
  • Homophones: tale, tael
  • Rhymes: -eɪl

Etymology 1

From Middle English tail, tayl, teil, from Old English tæġl (tail), from Proto-Germanic *taglaz, *taglą (hair, fiber; hair of a tail), from Proto-Indo-European *doḱ- (hair of the tail), from Proto-Indo-European *deḱ- (to tear, fray, shred). Cognate with Scots tail (tail), Dutch teil (tail, haulm, blade), Low German Tagel (twisted scourge, whip of thongs and ropes; end of a rope), German Zagel (tail), dialectal Danish tavl (hair of the tail), Swedish tagel (hair of the tail, horsehair), Norwegian tagl (tail), Icelandic tagl (tail, horsetail, ponytail), Gothic ???????????????? (tagl, hair). In some senses, apparently by a generalization of the usual opposition between head and tail.

Noun

tail (plural tails)

  1. (anatomy) The caudal appendage of an animal that is attached to its posterior and near the anus.
  2. An object or part of an object resembling a tail in shape, such as the thongs on a cat-o’-nine-tails.
  3. The back, last, lower, or inferior part of anything.
  4. The feathers attached to the pygostyle of a bird.
  5. The tail-end of an object, e.g. the rear of an aircraft’s fuselage, containing the tailfin.
    • 1862, Ballou’s Dollar Monthly Magazine (volume 16, page 83)
      It was soon over, and the unmoved magistrate calmly ordained that Deborah Williams, Elizabeth and Faith Wilson, should be tied to a cart’s tail, and thus led through the principal streets of the town, receiving during their progress twenty lashes each, well laid on, upon the naked back.
  6. The rear structure of an aircraft, the empennage.
  7. (astronomy) The visible stream of dust and gases blown from a comet by the solar wind.
  8. The latter part of a time period or event, or (collectively) persons or objects represented in this part.
  9. (statistics) The part of a distribution most distant from the mode; as, a long tail.
  10. One who surreptitiously follows another.
  11. (cricket) The lower order of batsmen in the batting order, usually specialist bowlers.
  12. (typography) The lower loop of the letters in the Roman alphabet, as in g, q or y.
    Synonym: descender
  13. (chiefly in the plural) The side of a coin not bearing the head; normally the side on which the monetary value of the coin is indicated; the reverse.
  14. (mathematics) All the last terms of a sequence, from some term on.
  15. (now colloquial, chiefly US) The buttocks or backside.
    • 1499, John Skelton, The Bowge of Courte:
      By Goddis sydes, syns I her thyder broughte, / She hath gote me more money with her tayle / Than hath some shyppe that into Bordews sayle.
  16. (slang) The penis of a person or animal.
  17. (slang, uncountable) Sexual intercourse.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:copulation
  18. (kayaking) The stern; the back of the kayak.
  19. A train or company of attendants; a retinue.
  20. (anatomy) The distal tendon of a muscle.
  21. (entomology) A filamentous projection on the tornal section of each hind wing of certain butterflies.
  22. A downy or feathery appendage of certain achens, formed of the permanent elongated style.
  23. (surgery) A portion of an incision, at its beginning or end, which does not go through the whole thickness of the skin, and is more painful than a complete incision; called also tailing.
  24. One of the strips at the end of a bandage formed by splitting the bandage one or more times.
  25. (nautical) A rope spliced to the strap of a block, by which it may be lashed to anything.
  26. (music) The part of a note which runs perpendicularly upward or downward from the head; the stem.
  27. (mining) A tailing.
  28. (architecture) The bottom or lower portion of a member or part such as a slate or tile.
  29. (colloquial, dated) A tailcoat.
Hyponyms
Derived terms
Related terms
Translations
See also
  • caudal

Verb

tail (third-person singular simple present tails, present participle tailing, simple past and past participle tailed)

  1. (transitive) To follow and observe surreptitiously.
    Tail that car!
  2. (architecture) To hold by the end; said of a timber when it rests upon a wall or other support; with in or into
  3. (nautical) To swing with the stern in a certain direction; said of a vessel at anchor.
    This vessel tails downstream.
  4. To follow or hang to, like a tail; to be attached closely to, as that which can not be evaded.
    • Nevertheless his bond of two thousand pounds, wherewith he was tailed, continued uncancelled.
  5. To pull or draw by the tail.
Translations

Etymology 2

From Anglo-Norman, probably from a shortened form of entail.

Adjective

tail

  1. (law) Limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed.
    estate tail

Noun

tail

  1. (law) Limitation of inheritance to certain heirs.
    tail male — limitation to male heirs
    in tail — subject to such a limitation

Related terms

  • entail

References

Anagrams

  • ATLI, Ital, Ital., LIAT, LITA, Lita, TILA, Ta-li, Tila, alit, alti, ital, ital., lait, tali

Middle English

Noun

tail

  1. Alternative form of tayl

Welsh

Noun

tail m (plural teiliau)

  1. shit, dung

Derived terms

  • maer biswail

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