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buttering, adj.

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Origin: Formed within English, by derivation. Etymons: butter v., -ing suffix2.

1. slang. Designating a gambler who increases his or her stake after every throw or game. Cf. butter v. 2. Obsolete.

1716   J. Addison Freeholder No. 40. 2/1   One of Mr. Congreve's Prologues, which compares a writer to a Buttering Gamester, that stakes all his Winnings upon every cast: So that if he loses the last Throw, he is sure to be undone.

1716—1716(Hide quotations)


 2. Characterized by flattery; ingratiating; unctuous. Cf. butter v. 3a.

1789   R. Burns Let. 2 Apr. (1985) I. 390   The author of those pretty little buttering paragraphs of eulogiums.
1827   T. Creevey Jrnl. 20 June in Creevey Papers (1903) II. v. 121   You see the buttering speech Bruffam has been making at Liverpool in favor of Canning.
1887   Cassell's Family Mag. 116/2   But I love her, and that's saying more nor t'other chap, for all his buttering ways.
2013   S. Sheehey Audrey's Promise xvii. 153   ‘Good morning,’ Ethan drawled, his buttering smile in place.

1789—2013(Hide quotations)


This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, September 2018).