Definition of but:

part of speech: adverb

Only; no more than.

part of speech: noun

Same as BUTT.

part of speech: preposition

Except; besides.

part of speech: conjunction

Still; even if; however; yet; nevertheless.

part of speech: noun

A thrust in fencing.

part of speech: adverb

Without; except; yet; still.

part of speech: adverb


part of speech: preposition

Or conj. without: except: besides: only: yet: still.

Usage examples for but:

  • But how can they know? "To Him That Hath A Novel Of The West Of Today", Ralph Connor.
  • But where's the fire? "Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford", George Randolph Chester.
  • But how can we get 'em? "Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Playing Circus", Laura Lee Hope.

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