Green’s Dictionary of Slang

butt n.1

1. concerning the body.

(a) [late 17C+] (also butt-end, butties) the buttocks; the posterior.

(b) [mid-18C] the vagina.

(c) [1910s+] generic for one’s body, oneself.

(d) [1970s] (US campus) a female.

2. in fig./ext. uses.

(a) [mid-19C+] a cigarette or cigar end.

(b) [20C+] a cigarette or cigar.

(c) [1900s] (US milit.) in fig. use of sense 2a above, a short time.

(d) [1940s+] (US prison/Und.) the final portion of one’s sentence.

(e) [1940s] (US) the remaining amount of time of one’s enlistment in the armed forces.

3. [late 19C–1950s] (US, also but) a fool, an unpleasant person.

4. [1950s] a marijuana cigarette.

In derivatives

butt-hurt (adj.)

[1990s+] badly disappointed, very upset; the underlying image being sodomised.

Pertaining to the body or buttocks

In compounds

butt-bang (v.)

see separate entry.

butt boy (n.) [1980s+] (US campus)

1. a homosexual male.

2. thus fig. a weakling, a subservient figure.

3. a stupid, inept youth.

butt breath (n.) [lit. one whose breath smells like faeces]

[1990s+] (US) a general term of abuse.

butt buddy (n.) [buddy n. (2)]

[1990s+] a very close friend.

buttcall (n.)

[2000s+] (US) an inadvertent phonecall made when carrying the phone in a back pocket, and accidentally pressing buttons by sitting down or movement.

butt cheese (n.)

[1990s+] (US campus) anything, or anybody, undesirable, displeasing.

butt-chuckler (n.) [pun on SE chuck, to toss]

[1990s+] a masturbator; thus a general term of abusive address.

butt darts (n.)

[1990s+] (UK juv.) anal intercourse.

buttface (n.)

[1970s+] (US) a general term of contempt with the implication of unattractiveness; thus buttfaced adj., unattractive.


see separate entries.

butt-girl (n.) [? fig. use of sense 1a, i.e. she has a menial status, or SE butt, a target (of derision]

[1980s] (US) a woman used to run errands, e.g. for a fashion photographer.

butt-grabbing (adj.)

[1970s] (US) good, exciting.

butthead (n.) (also buttbrain) [-head sfx (1); a term hugely popularized since the early 1990s in MTV’s semi-animated series Beavis and Butthead]

[1980s+] (US) a stupid or obnoxious person; thus buttheaded adj.

butthole (n.) (US)

1. [1940s+] the anus.

2. [1960s+] a term of contempt.

3. [1990s+] anal intercourse.

butthook (n.) [? play on SE buttock]

[1980s] (US) a lout.


see separate entries.


see separate entries.

buttload (n.) [fig. use of sense 1a/butt adv. + SE load]

[1980s+] (US campus) a large quantity, often in pl.

buttmunch (n.)

[1990s+] a fool; thus adj. butt-munching .

butt naked (n.) [ety. unknown; ? it strips away one’s inhibitions]

[1980s+] (drugs) phencyclidine.

buttpack (n.) [var. on bum bag under bum n.1 ]

[1960s+] (US) a small pouch-like bag strapped around the wearer’s waist.

butt peddlar (n.)

[1940s] (US) anyone who sells their body as a prostitute, male or female.

butt pirate (n.)

[1980s+] (US) a homosexual male.

butt plug (n.) (orig. US)

[1980s+] a small dildo, usu. rubber, inserted in the anus during sexual games.

butt plunger (n.)

1. [1970s+] (US) a man who inserts a dildo into his own anus then walks around naked while a prostitute looks on; thus a general insult.

2. [2000s] (US gay) the penis.

butt-puckered (adj.) [sense 1a + SE pucker; the supposed need to tighten the anus in the face of involuntary, fear-generated defecation]

[1970s] (US) scared.

butt pussy (n.) [pussy n. (1)]

[20C+] (US) the anus, usu. in a male homosexual context.

butt rider (n.) [ride v. (1a)]

[1990s+] (US juv.) a male homosexual.

butt-rustler (n.)

[2000s] (US) a male homosexual.

butt slut (n.) [1990s+] (orig. US)

1. a homosexual male, usu. taking a passive role.

2. a woman who prefers anal to vaginal intercourse.

butt-sprung (adj.)

[1930s–40s] (US black) of a garment, ill-fitting, esp. around the buttocks.

butt-suck (v.)

[1970s+] (US) to toady.

butt-surfer (n.)

[2010s] a male homosexual.

butt wad (n.)

[1990s+] (US) lavatory paper.

buttwhip (v.)

[1970s] (US black) to spank, usu. a child; thus buttwhipping, a spanking.

buttwhipped (adj.) [fig. use of buttwhip ]

[1990s+] drunk.

butt wipe (n.) (US)

1. [1970s] lavatory paper.

2. [1990s+] a term of abuse.

buttwooping (n.) [var. on buttwhip ]

[1970s] (US black) a spanking.

Other uses

butt boy (n.)

[1960s] (US) a heavy smoker.

In phrases

big butt (n.)

[1910s–50s] (US) an important person.

get more butt than ashtrays (v.) [pun on senses 1b and 2a above]

[1990s+] (US black) of a man, to lead an active sexual life, to have sexual prowess.

kick someone’s butt (v.)

1. [1950s+] (orig. US) to give someone a beating, to defeat someone.

2. [1970s+] (US black) to impress, to overwhelm.

3. [1970s+] (US black) to defeat intellectually.

lick some(one’s) butt (v.)

[2000s] to act as a sycophant towards.

— one’s butt off (adv.)

[1950s+] with a v., to do something to an extreme extent.

on someone’s butt

[1990s+] harrassing, persecuting.

tear someone’s butt (v.)

[1990s+] (US) to punish severely.

up someone’s butt

[1970s+] (US) immediately behind and therefore irritating, bothering.

up the butt (adv.) (also out the butt)

[1980s+] (orig. US) to an excess, to the extreme.

whip someone’s butt (v.)

to overhelm, to beat severely.

In exclamations

butts on (you)!

1. [1930s+] (US) a cry that calls for the right to smoke the last few puffs of another smoker’s cigarette; also in ext. use.

2. [1970s+] (Irish) a cry to claim someone’s apple core.

my butt! (also my aunt Lizzy’s butt!)

[1940s+] a general excl. of disdain, dismissal, arrogant contempt.

your butt!

[1940s+] a general excl. of disdain, dismissal, arrogant contempt.