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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. 2017.
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  • With a "tut-tut" noise to indicate the business man's mild scorn of the artist's method's.

    The Great Adventure Arnold Bennett
  • The gentleman drew in his head with a little "tut-tut" of consternation.

  • The call of the male is often answered by the female with the syllables, tut-tut, not unlike a clucking chicken.

  • 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, 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
  • 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
  • Samson watched his new friend narrowly, whose countenance was profoundly piteous, and his teeth and lip made a "tut-tut!"

    The Entailed Hat George Alfred Townsend
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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