Definition of mutt in English:



  • 1A dog, especially a mongrel:

    ‘a long-haired mutt of doubtful pedigree’
    • ‘Many of these dogs are mutts and shelter dogs whom people gave up on, and were rescued themselves.’
    • ‘Most dog breeds are highly inbred and therefore the level of homogeneity is greater in purebred dogs than in mutts.’
    • ‘Landing a one-night contract for $10, the pair quickly acquired two stray mutts.’
    • ‘Like a mutt from the dog pound, she had a hodgepodge pedigree that underwhelmed.’
    • ‘Other dogs sit tethered to benches, and occasionally woof at competing mutts, but Jasper whines and barks the entire time.’
    • ‘This is like taking a pure breed dog and intentionally cross breeding with a mutt.’
    • ‘Your brand of beer, the artwork on your walls, your choice of dog - a pure-bred poodle as opposed to a mutt - are all potential status details.’
    • ‘I stuffed the mite-sized mutt - such a small dog, really - into my grocery basket and pedaled back to the farm.’
    • ‘It's a shame that not everyone has a dog, whether a mutt or a pedigree.’
    • ‘He's done a whole lot of paintings of pooches - yappy dogs, poodles, some mutts and a few bulldogs.’
    • ‘The dog's deep brown eyes examined the mutt for a moment.’
    • ‘The offspring of a mating between two purebred dogs of different breeds is a mongrel, a mutt.’
    • ‘I think we'll probably take another look at some purebred options, but I'm also going to try to reintroduce the idea of a rescue dog or a mutt from a shelter.’
    • ‘Gourmet dog food will transform your cantankerous mutt into an obedient show dog.’
    • ‘The dog was a mutt that looked like a cross between a sheepdog and a poodle.’
    • ‘So they opened up the event to mutts and mongrels too, with categories like Most Appealing Eyes.’
    • ‘Her attack dog is a mutt, and, as everyone knows, mongrels are healthier than pedigreed dogs.’
    • ‘Penny normally gets her run of the yard while the other three mutts stay in the pen (because they attack her).’
    • ‘His face was turning redder by the minute, and he yelled, ‘The stupid mutt peed on me!’’
    • ‘We took her home and introduced her to our other dog, Pam, the mutt, affectionately named by me in honor of my mom's best friend.’
    mongrel, hound, dog, cur, tyke
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  • 2A stupid or incompetent person:

    ‘he pitied the poor mutt who ever fell for her charms’
    • ‘Whether that same approach - giving the journalistic mutts as little to chew on as possible - will work in the general election campaign is another story.’
    • ‘And if he says yes to you, what does he say to every other mutt who ever wanted a place to call his own?’
    • ‘You'll remember the rather dubious story that these two mutts spent $8,000 on drinks.’
    • ‘I'm not as stupid as you mutts in this alley make me out to be.’
    • ‘When Malcolm came to town, though, all but the stupidest mutts decided it was time for a vacation.’
    fool, idiot, dolt, ass, nincompoop, blockhead, dunce, dunderhead, simpleton, ignoramus, donkey, jackass, dullard
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Late 19th century: abbreviation of muttonhead.