Definition of butterball in US English:



North American
  • 1A plump bird, especially a turkey or bufflehead.

    • ‘Yep, it took us just a little bit over 3.5 hours to cook a nice little 10 lb butterball turkey.’
    • ‘The butterball most Americans pull out of their oven is less a creature of nature then a Frankenstein of industrial agriculture.’
    • ‘These birds were also called buffel duck, spirit duck, and butterball.’
    • ‘He had a 20 pound plus Butterball bird.’
    • ‘Callison went to the grocery store, where she bought Cornish game hens to serve, instead of her 21-pound Butterball.’
    1. 1.1derogatory, informal A fat person.
      • ‘It would perhaps be nice to think of the day celebrating my birth as synonymous with helping sick kids, but I'll find it hard not to focus on all the fat little butterball junk food addicts.’
      • ‘One is a bed-ridden obese butterball nicknamed ‘The Jabba Lady, ‘more eager for food than sex.’’
      • ‘You've become a desperate and pathetic figure, Amy Dickerson, growing jealous over a stranger's interest in the image of a naked butterball.’
      • ‘Exactly what the protein encoded by the damaged gene did for a living or why its loss turned mice into butterballs, however, was a mystery.’
      • ‘In a flashback, 14-year-old Buddy and a cute male chum wind up at a San Diego boy party where they meet ‘a short butterball of a man in a bright-orange kaftan.’’
      • ‘Only I seem to recall that you used to be a little butterball who used to roll down the Palace corridors after Kuni-chan!’
      • ‘I want to impress them with the fact that I alone transformed myself from a pudgy butterball whose life was going nowhere into a hard and focused bodybuilder.’
      • ‘Carbohydrates are not what has made us a nation of butterballs, however.’
      • ‘He is rather unpleasant and totally opposite to the charming butterball he was at high school.’
      • ‘I find it amazing that my flippant and sardonic comments on one 600 pound butterball of a women has provoked such a response.’