One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Either of the two round fleshy parts that form the lower rear area of a human trunk.
backside, behind, seat, rump, rear, rear endView synonyms
- ‘It is a superficial muscle that gives the buttock its shape and covers the gluteus medius.’
- ‘Mr Cadder suffered a wound, which was one and a half inches long and two inches deep, to the upper part of his left buttock.’
- ‘It is a blue birthmark on the buttock, and it shows up right after a child is born.’
- ‘This causes the shooting pains in your buttock and up the right side of your back.’
- ‘To the left, filling the screen, appeared the crease between a leg and a buttock, fringed by skimpy gold shorts.’
- ‘I had a sore buttock and couldn't sit, lie or anything.’
- ‘She was left with a puncture wound to the buttock and ripped trousers.’
- ‘Fire crews performed the delicate task of cutting the railing using specialist equipment and she was taken to Fairfield Hospital with it still in her buttock.’
- ‘As Joe passed her, he squeezed her left buttock and planted a kiss on her neck.’
- ‘The infection caused a swelling and redness in his buttock, which spread rapidly.’
- ‘Miss Morris said Thompson left the room again, came back with a large spade and went for Mr Smith, who tried to deflect the blow and suffered a three inch wound to his left buttock.’
- ‘She was shot in the buttock and her boyfriend was shot in the leg in the struggle; both are hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.’
- ‘Standing in an upright position, hold on to a chair for support, then extend your left leg straight behind you until you feel your buttock tighten.’
- ‘The minister first visited a doctor on March 21 after suffering a terrible pain in his left buttock.’
- ‘I was able to maneuver such that I merely sat down, hard, on my right buttock and slid along the street.’
- ‘He had already suffered a shock and 35 per cent burns but the nail compounded his woes when it pierced his left buttock.’
- ‘And it's always just beneath your buttock, where you wouldn't normally wipe.’
- ‘This time I manage to land with my entire body weight centered on my right buttock.’
- ‘He was suffering pain at the base of his buttock and also behind his knees, mainly on the right.’
- ‘At hospital, doctors found Mrs Roberts had a stab wound to her right buttock, as well as stamp injuries to her chest and bruising over her body.’
- 1.1buttocks The rump of an animal.
- ‘Farmers also pay attention to hair swirls, usually prefer animals that have 4-5 swirls, two on the shoulder, two on the buttocks and one on the face.’
- ‘This loosening leads to the base of the tail descending between the two tips of the cow's buttocks when observed from behind.’
- ‘Workers found the creature bleeding from a bullet hole in its buttock.’
Old English buttuc, probably from the base of butt + -ock.
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.