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[pronounced as two alveolar clicks; spelling pronunciation tuht-tuht] /pronounced as two alveolar clicks; spelling pronunciation ˈtʌtˈtʌt/
interjection, noun, verb (used without object), tut-tutted, tut-tutting.
Origin of tut-tut
First recorded in 1585-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Betty gave a sideway smile at Kathryn and whispered, tut-tut!

    Betty Lee, Sophomore

    David Goodger (
  • "tut-tut, I doubt the join will be plainly visible," he murmured to himself.

    The Passionate Elopement Compton Mackenzie
  • tut-tut, dear lad, that is not the way to speak of our mentors and preceptors.

    Second Plays A. A. Milne
  • The gentleman drew in his head with a little "tut-tut" of consternation.

  • tut-tut, it's a great, it's a staving preferment, and just opulent with influence here.

    The American Claimant Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • tut-tut—can't we find something more engaging to talk about than what the weighing scales do or do not tell us?

    The Eddy Clarence L. Cullen
  • tut-tut, you ought to know better than to ask; ask Massey, he knows—or he will one of these days!

    Gray youth Oliver Onions
  • Another interesting point: The engine does not say Choo-choo as in our country—it says tut-tut.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for tut-tut


/pronounced as alveolar clicks; spelling pron ˈtʌtˈtʌt/
an exclamation of mild reprimand, disapproval, or surprise
verb -tuts, -tutting, -tutted
(intransitive) to express disapproval by the exclamation of "tut-tut"
the act of tut-tutting
Often shortened to tut
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