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[noot, nyoot] /nut, nyut/
any of several brilliantly colored salamanders of the family Salamandridae, especially those of the genera Triturus and Notophthalmus, of North America, Europe, and northern Asia.
any of various other small salamanders.
Origin of newt
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English newte, for ewte (the phrase an ewte being taken as a newte; cf. nickname), variant of evet, Old English efete eft1 Unabridged
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  • The new jaw, or leg, is a newt's, and never by any accident more like that of a frog.

    The Origin of Species Thomas H. Huxley
  • He seized newt Elkey by the arm and said, "What does she do?"

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • I'd like to know what newt Copley thinks of the Barville nine.

  • Of course every living speck, amoeba or newt, has its own individual soul.

  • I never heard of any; but I wanted a newt, and so I proposed that we should fish here.

    Ernest Bracebridge William H. G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for newt


any of various small semiaquatic urodele amphibians, such as Triturus vulgaris (common newt) of Europe, having a long slender body and tail and short feeble legs
(mainly Brit) any other urodele amphibian, including the salamanders
Word Origin
C15: from a newt, a mistaken division of an ewt; ewt, from Old English evetaeft1
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Word Origin and History for newt

early 15c., misdivision of an ewte (see N for other examples), from Middle English evete (see eft).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for newt



An uninteresting person; also, a stupid person: Be practical, you newt

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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