[pronounced as an alveolar click; spelling pronunciation tuht]
- (used as an exclamation of contempt, disdain, impatience, etc.)
- for shame!
- an exclamation of “tut.”
- to utter the exclamation “tut.”
Origin of tut
First recorded in 1520–30
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Examples from the Web for tuts
Of course, if you take all the prizes somebody's sure to want—but, tuts!Bud
My sister is but and I am ben—I mean she is in the east end and I am in the west—tuts, tuts!Margaret Ogilvy
J. M. Barrie
"Tuts, lassies, it was a' a piece o' fun," said the good-humoured girl.
Tuts, it may be so to some folk; but to a sweet young creature like you, it cannot matter a button.Scotch Wit and Humor
W. H. (Walter Henry) Howe
"Tuts, ye foolish boy," replied his mother, plying away at her wheel.Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Vol. XX
- short for tut-tut
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Word Origin and History for tuts
1520s, along with tush (mid-15c.), a natural interjection expressing contempt.
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