- a furrow or track in the ground, especially one made by the passage of a vehicle or vehicles.
- any furrow, groove, etc.
- a fixed or established mode of procedure or course of life, usually dull or unpromising: to fall into a rut.
- to make a rut or ruts in; furrow.
Origin of rut1
- the periodically recurring sexual excitement of the deer, goat, sheep, etc.
- to be in the condition of rut.
Origin of rut2
Examples from the Web for rutting
It went very badly with [bleep],” says Banon, half laughing as she compares him to a “rutting chimpanzee.Three Women to Decide IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Sexual-Assault Case
May 17, 2011
It was the rutting season and the buck was in a fighting mood.The Black Buccaneer
Stephen W. Meader
This comes of rutting; Are we made stales to one another?Din.The Little French Lawyer
The rutting season is said to continue through October into November.The Barren Ground Caribou of Keewatin
He tore along as a beast does in the rutting season, from its mad desire to be alone.King of Camargue
It was true that the rutting season had not, in reality, commenced.The Strength of the Pines</p>
- a groove or furrow in a soft road, caused by wheels
- any deep mark, hole, or groove
- a narrow or predictable way of life, set of attitudes, etc; dreary or undeviating routine (esp in the phrase in a rut)
- (tr) to make a rut or ruts in
- a recurrent period of sexual excitement and reproductive activity in certain male ruminants, such as the deer, that corresponds to the period of oestrus in females
- another name for oestrus
- (intr) (of male ruminants) to be in a period of sexual excitement and activity
Word Origin and History for rutting
"narrow track worn or cut in the ground," 1570s, probably from Middle English route (see route (n.)); though OED finds this "improbable." Metaphoric meaning "narrow, monotonous routine; habitual mode of behavior" first attested 1839.
"annually recurring sexual excitement in animals; animal mating season" (originally of deer), early 15c., from Old French rut, ruit, from Late Latin rutigum (nominative rugitus) "a bellowing," from past participle of Latin rugire "to bellow," from PIE imitative root *reu-. The verb is recorded from early 15c. Related: Rutting.
Idioms and Phrases with rutting
see in a rut.