but


but
but
but1 [but; ] unstressed [ bət]
prep.
[ME < OE butan, buton, without, outside; WGmc comp. < * be-, *bi-,BY + * utana, from without: see OUT]
1. with the exception of; excepting; save [nobody came but me ]: earlier, and still sometimes, regarded as a conjunction and followed by the nominative case [ nobody came but I (came) ]
2. except; other than: used with an infinitive as the object [we cannot choose but (to) stay]
conj.
1. and in spite of this; and even so; yet [he is a villain, but he has some virtues]
2. and on the contrary [I am old, but you are young]
3. unless; except that [it never rains but it pours]
4. that [I don't question but you're correct]
5. that . . . not [it's not so high but we can jump it]
adv.
1. only [if I had but known]
2. merely; no more than; not otherwise than [he is but a child]
3. just [I heard it but now]
4. on the other hand; yet: used to introduce a sentence
5. Slang absolutely; positively [he did it, but good]
pron.
who . . . not; which . . . not [not a man but felt it]
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but for
if it were not for
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but that Informal or but what
1. about the fact that [I've no doubt but that he'll come]
2. that there is not some chance that [we can't be sure but that he's right]: Also Informal but what
but2 [but]
n.
[akin to BUT1]
Scot. the outer room, esp. the kitchen, of a cottage
the outer room, esp. the kitchen, of a cottage
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but and ben
Scot. the whole dwelling: orig., the outer and inner rooms of a two-room cottage

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