In a polyamorous context, ‘butch’ is defined as an excessively masculine/ manly woman. When a woman is called Butch, it can be about the way she acts, her physical appearance or her role within a lesbian relationship.

If a butch female exists within a lesbian relationship, the other female will often default to assuming a femme role.

The term is sometimes used in a derogatory fashion to describe a female who is unattractively masculine.


Linda had always been known as a butch woman. She was a mechanic by trade, only drank beer (mainly PBR), and she’d never watched The Notebook.

Not to mention the plethora of strap-ons she proudly displayed in her closet.

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