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[pronounced as an alveolar click; spelling pronunciation tuht] /pronounced as an alveolar click; spelling pronunciation tʌt/
(used as an exclamation of contempt, disdain, impatience, etc.)
for shame!
an exclamation of “tut.”.
verb (used without object), tutted, tutting.
to utter the exclamation “tut.”.
Also, tut-tut.
Origin of tut
First recorded in 1520-30 Unabridged
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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.

    The Return of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • "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


/pronounced as an alveolar click; spelling pron tʌt/
interjection, noun, verb tuts, tutting, tutted
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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