Main definitions of scut in English

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scut1

noun

  • The short tail of a hare, rabbit, or deer.

    • ‘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.’
    hindmost part, back end, appendage
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Origin

Late Middle English: of unknown origin; compare with obsolete scut ‘short’, also ‘shorten’.

Pronunciation

scut

/skət//skət/

Main definitions of scut in English

: scut1scut2

scut2

noun

Irish
informal
  • A person perceived as foolish, contemptible, or objectionable.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That slippery little scut won't be able to stop himself, just wait.’
    • ‘I was a young little scut and this guy was already old when I started and it was a great situation to be in.’
    • ‘That slippery little scut is as slick as a door-to-door Bible salesman.’
    • ‘Anyhow, for those of you without jobs: Think of the contribution you're making to taking that slippery little scut down.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is the summer we nail that slippery little scut's pelt to the barn door, after salting it down.’

Origin

Late 19th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

scut

/skət//skət/