Definition of tut-tut in English:

tut-tut

(also tut)

exclamation

  • Expressing disapproval or annoyance.

    ‘tut-tut, Robin, you disappoint me’
    tut
    , → tut
    , and → tut
    • ‘Sara attacked the vending machine till it gave her free stuff, among many other loutish behaviour… tut!’
    • ‘Oh, tut-tut, say the corporate brass, we still have a GM and a PM… it's just that they're no longer based in Austin.’
    • ‘The same Pew Research Center survey found - tut-tut - a surge in the intensity of partisan feelings also turned up a decline in cynicism about government.’
    • ‘But, tut-tut, she has now agreed to a bumper pay packet to become the face of Martini, a once-fashionable alcoholic beverage even though she never touches the hard stuff.’
    • ‘I noticed horses had been using it - tut-tut, it's a footpath not a bridleway.’
    • ‘I also notice that she's dissing the Neanderthals… tut, tut!’
    • ‘We returned to Sam's car to find he had a £30 quid parking ticket… tut!’

noun

  • Such an exclamation.

    ‘tut-tuts of disapproval’
    • ‘Every interruption is rightly frowned upon by tennis aficionados who use ridiculous stage-whispered tut-tuts to make their point.’
    • ‘They put their faces down and give you the ‘silent treatment,’ maybe make a few tut-tuts with their throats.’
    • ‘Nobody complained, which seemed rather hypocritical when you think of the tuts and sighs a ringing mobile induces, and the frosty stares you get if you dare speak on one for more than a couple of minutes.’
    • ‘Apart from tut-tuts, I don't recall any concerted attempt to get Jack.’
    • ‘Judging by the grimaces and tuts, he has his work cut out.’
    • ‘Rix has returned to the fold, if not with open arms, merely with a few tut-tuts from his colleagues.’
    • ‘Mikey gave me a disapproving tut before he walked off to ask Murdock something.’
    • ‘We expose them, laugh at their mistakes (which often we make too), have cries of loud tut-tuts and generally get our entertainment at their expense.’
    • ‘This got him some tuts and groans from people in both boats.’
    • ‘There were numerous tut-tuts coming from the audience.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Make such an exclamation.

    ‘Aunt Mary tut-tutted at all the goings-on’
    • ‘Rubbish is something we tut-tut at when we come across sweet wrappers, fertiliser bags or even a discarded fridge stuck in a roadside ditch.’
    • ‘I tutted, and realised I sounded like my mother.’
    • ‘Critics tut-tut that, with their explicit depictions, the statues at Khajuraho and the illustrations in the Kama Sutra are little more than arcane sex manuals.’
    • ‘Mrs Stokes, a widow and mother of four, says that on the way home she will probably also tut-tut at rubbish in the streets and think it's a shame how many people studiously avoid the eyes of other passers-by.’
    • ‘I'd tut-tut except I find watching surgery intriguing.’
    • ‘Labour members tut-tut, and say: ‘Oh well, you know, the Greens are really dominating us on this, and we have to do this because of the Greens.’’
    • ‘I just can't believe that in the 21st century people still tut-tut over something that's perfectly natural.’
    • ‘The Germans were rolling their eyeballs and tutting in amazement.’
    • ‘I see other people tutting and staring in the supermarket when he is throwing a tantrum.’
    • ‘He rolled his eyes, tutted and walked off again.’
    • ‘He took the bait and now you get to tut-tut about his emotional reaction and make sanctimonious statements about ‘art.’’
    • ‘Liberals loved it because it made men with guns look like Neanderthals, and conservatives leaped at the chance to tut-tut predictably about the social decay of America.’
    • ‘The elderly ladies of the audience were muttering and tutting throughout.’
    • ‘Naturally, being British, I chose not to complain, but instead stood there quietly tutting, sighing, and looking despairingly from my watch to my fellow queuers.’
    • ‘In fact, it's all too easy to look at the rubbish piling up around our borough and tut-tut that nothing is being done.’
    • ‘Once they do, of course, they will tut-tut about how sad and desperate it all is.’
    • ‘They actually gain currency when people tut-tut their nasty little jokes.’
    • ‘It was the cry of the 1980s, of self - protectionist Thatcherism, that made the wealthier public tut-tut at the poor's housing instead of resolving to have something done about it.’
    • ‘They tut-tut - if only he had a regular coach… if only he practised more… if only he would concentrate… And they are driving him potty.’
    • ‘I tutted and shook my head and raised my eyebrows a bit which is International Body Language for ‘Who knew?’’

Origin

Natural utterance (representing a reduplicated clicking sound made by the tongue against the teeth): first recorded in English in the early 16th century.

Pronunciation:

tut-tut

/ˌtətˈtət/