Pronunciation: (but; unstressed but),[key] —conj. 1. on the contrary; yet: My brother went, but I did not. 2. except; save: She was so overcome with grief she could do nothing but weep. 3. unless; if not; except that (fol. by a clause, often with that expressed): Nothing would do but that I should come in. 4. without the circumstance that: It never rains but it pours. 5. otherwise than: There is no hope but by prayer. 6. that (used esp. after doubt, deny, etc., with a negative): I don't doubt but he will do it. 7. who not; that not: No leaders worthy of the name ever existed but they were optimists. 8. (used as an intensifier to introduce an exclamatory expression): But she's beautiful! 9. Informal.than: It no sooner started raining but it stopped. 10. but what. See what (def. 31).
—prep. with the exception of; except; save: No one replied but me.
—adv. 1. only; just: There is but one God. 2. but for, except for; were it not for: But for the excessive humidity, it might have been a pleasant day.
—n. buts,reservations or objections: You'll do as you're told, no buts about it.
Pronunciation: (but),[key] —n.Scot. 1. the outer or front room of a house; the outer or front apartment in an apartment house.
2. the kitchen of a two-room dwelling, esp. of a cottage.