One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The short tail of a hare, rabbit, or deer.
hindmost part, back end, appendageView synonyms
- ‘Across the sward (rife with sandroses, wood anemones and wild cyclamen) a hare, its scut uplifted in alarm, scampers from the running crouch of a greyhound.’
- ‘He discovered a rabbit's tail is actually called a scut.’
Late Middle English: of unknown origin; compare with obsolete scut ‘short’, also ‘shorten’.
A person perceived as foolish, contemptible, or objectionable.‘go away, you dirty little scut!’
- ‘If you aren't paying attention, you might even buy into what that slippery little scut is saying…’
- ‘I recently fought tooth and nail with a young scut of a 28 year old over dancing rights.’
- ‘That slippery little scut won't be able to stop himself, just wait.’
- ‘That slippery little scut is as slick as a door-to-door Bible salesman.’
- ‘The prez didn't pick him because he all of sudden turned from a vicious slippery little scut into a nice guy; he picked him because he would be effective advancing the president's agenda.’
- ‘Anyhow, for those of you without jobs: Think of the contribution you're making to taking that slippery little scut down.’
- ‘I was a young little scut and this guy was already old when I started and it was a great situation to be in.’
- ‘This is the summer we nail that slippery little scut's pelt to the barn door, after salting it down.’
Late 19th century: of unknown origin.
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