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[pronounced as an alveolar click; spelling pronunciation tuht]
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  1. (used as an exclamation of contempt, disdain, impatience, etc.)
  2. for shame!
  1. an exclamation of “tut.”
verb (used without object), tut·ted, tut·ting.
  1. to utter the exclamation “tut.”
Also tut-tut.

Origin of tut

First recorded in 1520–30
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  • Tut, tut, Paddy, my lad; you've gone in the wrong direction altogether for them.

    The O'Ruddy

    Stephen Crane

  • Tut, tut, my dear sir, you must really pay attention to these details.

  • "Tut, my dear," says the old lady, mightily pleased nevertheless.

    Molly Bawn

    Margaret Wolfe Hamilton

  • Tut, tut, Philip, that is not the way to salute your betrothed.

  • Tuttut, I know perfectly well where my dear son falls short.

British Dictionary definitions for tut


interjection, noun, verb tuts, tutting or tutted
  1. short for tut-tut
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Word Origin and History for tut

1520s, along with tush (mid-15c.), a natural interjection expressing contempt.

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