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butt-woman Explained

butt-woman at English (WD) Of Explained:

==English==

Alternative forms

* butt woman

Etymology

* From Inter: term » butt||hassock + Inter: term » woman

Pronunciation

* Inter: a » US, UK Inter: IPA » /bʌt-wʊmən/

Noun

Inter: en-noun » head=butt-woman|butt-women
  • Inter: obsolete » chiefly|British A lay church worker who tends the pews in a church; a sextoness.
    1. 1862, Margaret Goodman, Experiences of an English Sister of Mercy, London, publ. Smith and Elder, pg. 26:
    2. : My thoughts always revert to the angry butt-woman when the second chapter of St. James' Epistle is read in its ordinary course.
    3. 1892, Annie Thomas, "The Honourable Jane.", Belgravia: a London magazine, vol. 79, September, 1892, pg. 10:
    4. :"It was more like a funeral than a wedding," said the butt-woman, who was the sole spectator of the ceremony, with the exception of the bride's uncle and aunt, told her friends afterwards.
    5. 1909, Edna Bourne Holman, "At Herrick's home in Devon," Scribners Magazine'', March, 1909, vol. XLV, no. 3, pg. 259:

  • : The butt-woman was just setting forth the need of money for church repairs but she interrupted herself when she found me studying monuments.