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1. butterfly

verb. ['ˈbʌtɝˌflaɪ'] cut and spread open, as in preparation for cooking.

Synonyms

  • open
  • unfold
  • spread

Antonyms

  • cork
  • lock
  • bar
  • seal

Etymology

  • buterflie (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • buttorfleoge (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

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Rhymes with Butterfly

  • botfly
  • firefly
  • gadfly
  • hoverfly
  • shoofly

How do you pronounce butterfly?

Pronounce butterfly as ˈbətərˌflaɪ.

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Sentences with butterfly


1. Noun, singular or mass
Use a pruning saw or shears and cut the butterfly bush down to the ground.

2. Adjective
The painted lady butterfly life cycle consists of four stages.

Quotes about butterfly


1. I'm still like a butterfly going from one job to another job. But it's quite lovely - I hope to keep this freedom, to have fun.
- Carine Roitfeld

2. When a small child, I thought that success spelled happiness. I was wrong, happiness is like a butterfly which appears and delights us for one brief moment, but soon flits away.
- Anna Pavlova

3. We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
- Maya Angelou

2. butterfly-shaped

adjective. shaped like a butterfly.

Antonyms

  • amorphous

3. butterfly

noun. ['ˈbʌtɝˌflaɪ'] a swimming stroke in which the arms are thrown forward together out of the water while the feet kick up and down.

Synonyms

  • dolphin kick
  • butterfly stroke

Antonyms

  • chaste
  • motivated
  • close up

Etymology

  • buterflie (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • buttorfleoge (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

4. butterfly

noun. ['ˈbʌtɝˌflaɪ'] diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wings.

Synonyms

  • nymphalid
  • lepidopterous insect
  • lepidopteran
  • lepidopteron
  • danaid
  • nymphalid butterfly
  • pierid butterfly
  • ringlet butterfly
  • lycaenid butterfly
  • danaid butterfly
  • brush-footed butterfly
  • four-footed butterfly
  • lycaenid
  • ringlet
  • sulfur butterfly
  • sulphur butterfly

Antonyms

  • shout
  • specify
  • dissuade
  • break

Etymology

  • buterflie (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • buttorfleoge (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

5. butterfly

verb. ['ˈbʌtɝˌflaɪ'] talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions.

Synonyms

  • wanton
  • coquet
  • speak
  • chat up
  • vamp
  • philander
  • flirt
  • romance
  • mash
  • talk
  • coquette

Antonyms

  • keep quiet
  • cross
  • contract
  • disarrange

Etymology

  • buterflie (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • buttorfleoge (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

6. butterfly

verb. ['ˈbʌtɝˌflaɪ'] flutter like a butterfly.

Synonyms

  • fleet
  • flit
  • flutter

Antonyms

  • bolt
  • implicit
  • concealed
  • covert

Etymology

  • buterflie (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • buttorfleoge (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
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