Definition of scut work in US English:

scut work

(also scutwork)


  • Tedious, menial work.

    • ‘Despite his self-professed ‘taste for pleasure,’ Morris was a dynamo of committee work, never flinching from long nights of tedious but necessary administrative scutwork in often atrocious conditions.’
    • ‘Fourth, medical residents have been limited to 80-hour weeks so now they can't do all the scutwork themselves anymore.’
    • ‘Given that they opposed the war, it's hardly reasonable to suggest that they should be eager to have all the scutwork of humanitarian aid dumped on them.’
    • ‘They carry a stack of registration forms around and sign people up, volunteer at Dem HQ for whatever scutwork needs doing, cut work or school on election day to drive people around, you know the routine.’


1970s: of unknown origin; compare with scut.