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mutt

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[muht]
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noun Slang.
  1. a dog, especially a mongrel.
  2. a stupid or foolish person; simpleton.
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Origin of mutt

1900–05, Americanism; short for muttonhead
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Examples from the Web for mutt

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  • I should be a mutt if I didn't, so I'm going to spend it my own way.

    T. Tembarom

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • You want to make him feel like a mutt; and a mutt's the worst kind of a fool.

    T. Tembarom

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • If he wakes up, and I'm asleep, nurse, you can tell him from me that I'm a mutt.

  • Now, however, the Jogis had warned him that their Mutt was no longer safe.

    Tara

    Philip Meadows Taylor

  • Well, if that's a duke all I've got to say is I think he's a mutt.

    Making Money

    Owen Johnson


British Dictionary definitions for mutt

mutt

noun slang
  1. an inept, ignorant, or stupid person
  2. a mongrel dog; cur
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Word Origin

C20: shortened from muttonhead
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Word Origin and History for mutt

n.

1901, "stupid or foolish person," American English, probably a shortening of muttonhead (1803); meaning "a dog," especially "a mongrel" is from 1904, originally simply a term of contempt, but perhaps this is a separate word of unknown derivation.

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