- (used as an exclamation of impatience, disdain, contempt, etc.)
- an exclamation of “tush!”
Origin of tush1
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
- one of the four canine teeth of the horse.
- Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a tusk.
Origin of tush2
before 900; Middle English; Old English tusc. See tusk
Origin of tush3
see origin at tushie
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Examples from the Web for tushes
He has enormous teeth or tushes in the lower jaw, but has no baleen.Ranching, Sport and Travel
A mare has no tushes, or possesses them in only a rudimentary form.The Horsewoman
Alice M. Hayes
The tushes are exhibited as fully up, in which condition they are generally seen.
Of the tushes, the two placed in the lower jaw are the most forward.
He's no breed, boys; look at him—see his tushes; growl, Barney, growl!The Humors of Falconbridge
Jonathan F. Kelley
- archaic an exclamation of disapproval or contempt
C15: Middle English, of imitative origin
- rare a small tusk
Old English tūsc; see tusk
- US slang the buttocks
C20: from Yiddish tokhes, from Hebrew tahath beneath
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Word Origin and History for tushes
"backside, buttocks," 1962, an abbreviation of tochus (1914), from Yiddish tokhes, from Hebrew tahat "beneath."
mid-15c.; see tut.
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