Pronunciation: (but; unstressed but), [key]
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).

with the exception of; except; save: No one replied but me.

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.

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.


Pronunciation: (but), [key]

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