but adv

see but, conj.

  1. Only; just; merely; such a low number as; such a small thing as.
  2. Even; so much as.
  3. Scarcely; hardly; barely.

but conj

OE < West Germanic bi, by + ├╗tan, out.

  1. Yet; still; though; even so; all the same; however; nevertheless; nonetheless; notwithstanding.
  2. And; moreover; furthermore; in addition.
  3. Paradoxically; in contrast; on the other hand; [fig.] ironically; unexpectedly.

but prep

see but, conj.

  1. Save; except; besides; unless; if not.
  2. Rather; instead; alternatively.
  3. Without; apart from; leaving out; with the exception of.