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butterface, n.

Forms:  19– butter face, 20– butta face, 20– butterface. (Show Less)
Frequency (in current use): 
Origin: Formed within English, by clipping or shortening. Etymon: English but her face.
Etymology: Shortened < but her face (in a fuller expression such as everything is good, but her face), punningly respelt after butter n.1
With the respelling of the phrase compare e.g.:
1999   Re: Butterface in alt.fan.howard-stern (Usenet newsgroup) 17 Sept.   Everything on her looks good ‘butterface’.
slang (derogatory).

  A woman who is considered to have an attractive figure but ugly facial features.

1998   in alt.music.hardcore (Usenet newsgroup) 17 Feb.   I like the term ‘butter face’ in the new big brother. that's what you call a girl when she has a good body, but her face is busted.
2007   @FANL3SS 6 Aug. in twitter.com (O.E.D. Archive)    I get so annoyed when I see a tremendous (and probably very expensive) rack wasted on a butterface!
2009   A. Sohn Prospect Park West 3   She had overheard two women whispering about her, and one of them had remarked that she was a ‘butterface—a great body, but her face.’
2016   L. Lippman Wilde Lake 37   The woman is a bit of a butterface.

1998—2016(Hide quotations)


This is a new entry (OED Third Edition, September 2018).

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