Dyke or Butch - What's the difference?
Dyke is a synonym of butch.
As nouns the difference between dyke and butch
is that dyke
) or dyke
can be (slang|pejorative) a lesbian, particularly one who appears macho or acts in a macho manner this word has been reclaimed, by some, as politically empowering (see usage notes) while butch
is (informal) a lesbian who appears masculine or acts in a masculine manner.
As a adjective butch is
(slang) very masculine, with a masculine appearance or attitude.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
Variant of (dike).
(Australia, slang) A toilet.
(UK) A ditch (rarely also refers to similar natural features, and to one natural valley, Devil's Dyke, Sussex, due to a legend that the devil dug it).
(UK, mainly S England) An earthwork consisting of a ditch and a parallel rampart.
(British) An embankment to prevent inundation, or a causeway.
(UK, mainly Scotland and N England) A mound of earth, stone- or turf-faced, sometimes topped with hedge planting, or a hedge alone, used as a fence.
(UK, mainly Scotland and N England) A dry-stone wall usually forming a boundary to a wood, field or garden.
(British, geology) A body of once molten igneous rock that was injected into older rocks in a manner that crosses bedding planes.
- 1977 , In Cubbaroo's dim distant past
They built a double dyke.
Back to back in the yard it stood
An architectural dream in wood''
— Ian Slack-Smith, ''The Passing of the Twin Seater'', from ''The Cubbaroo Tales'', 1977. Quoted in ''Aussie Humour , Macmillan, 1988, ISBN 0-7251-0553-4, page 235.
; various theories suggested.
Attested US 1942, in Berrey and Van den Bark’s American Thesaurus of Slang''.
["dike, dyke, n.3" ''The Oxford English Dictionary ]. 2nd ed. 1989. OED Online. Oxford UP. 4 Apr. 2000 .
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Very masculine, with a masculine appearance or attitude.
* macho, manly, mannish, unfeminine
(informal) A lesbian who appears masculine or acts in a masculine manner.
* (masculine lesbian) bulldyke, dyke
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