buttonhole: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (but'n-hōl"), [key]
— n., v., -holed, -hol•ing.
- the hole, slit, or loop through which a button is passed and by which it is secured.
- a boutonniere.
- a short, straight incision through the wall of a cavity or a canal.
- to sew with a buttonhole stitch.
- to make buttonholes in.
- to hold by the buttonhole or otherwise abruptly detain (someone) in conversation: The reporter tried to buttonhole the mayor for a statement on the bus strike.
- buttonhole (Thesaurus)