Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Butty \But"ty\, n. (Mining) One who mines by contract, at so much per ton of coal or ore.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"slice of bread and butter," 1855, northern English, from butter (n.) + -y (2).
Etymology 1 n. (context UK chiefly Northern England NZ English) A sandwich, usually with a hot savoury filling in a breadcake. The most common are chips, bacon, sausage and egg. Etymology 2
n. 1 (context mining English) A miner who works under contract, receiving a fixed amount per ton of coal or ore. 2 A workmate.
n. a sandwich; "a bacon butty"
Butty may refer to:
- Sandwich, a food made with two pieces of bread encompassing a filling
- Julius Butty, record producer
- The Butties, a cover band
- Butty boat, a type of narrowboat
- Welsh slang for 'Buddy' 'Mate' ' Friend' etc.
Usage examples of "butty".
He ate no breakfast but filled his pocket with whiskey butties, little balls of oatmeal steeped in whiskey, A PLACE CALLED FREEDOM 43 then stepped outside to look at the weather.
I ordered a reasonable amount of nosh, mainly butties, soup, bakewells, a battenburg for her because she likes, liked, sweet victuals.
There's a perpetual smell of cooking and the warders are snatching 'odd snacks of six inches of cheese butties and a gallon of tea.
But Alfred Charlesworth did not forgive the butty these public-house sayings.
She had seventeen shillings a week from clubs, and every Friday Barker and the other butty put by a portion of the stall's profits for Morel's wife.
All the earnings of each stall were put down to the chief butty, as contractor, and he divided the wages again, either in the public-house or in his own home.
We'll either find the police station, or we'll find some night-shift woolly suits in a patrol car sneaking a fly bacon butty at the all-night snack bar.
Between mouthfuls of surprisingly tasty chip butty, Caroline explained where they were heading.
The last night pa was boosed he was standing on the landing there bawling out for his boots to go out to Tunney's for to boose more and he looked butty and short in his shirt.
The working of the pits was thoroughly changed, all the control was taken out of the hands of the miners, the butty system was abolished.
Then Butty placed a third layer of diced potato and slivered white cabbage.