butcher

n.

  1. One who slaughters animals, or dresses their flesh for market; one whose occupation it is to kill animals for food.
  2. A slaughterer; one who kills in large numbers, or with unusual cruelty; one who causes needless loss of life, as in battle.

v. t.

  1. To kill or slaughter (animals) for food, or for market; as, to butcher hogs.
  2. To murder, or kill, especially in an unusually bloody or barbarous manner.