or mut


noun Slang.

a dog, especially a mongrel.
a stupid or foolish person; simpleton.

Origin of mutt

1900–05, Americanism; short for muttonhead Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for mutt

pooch, mongrel, dog

Examples from the Web for mutt

Contemporary Examples of mutt

  • Like all white Americans, I'm a mutt: a little English, a little Irish, a little German.

  • Hayes and Komisarjevsky were “a Mutt and Jeff pair; the whole thing happened because they were inside together.”

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    Inside the Mind of a Monster

    Jacob Bernstein

    November 10, 2010

  • It took 16 years before the last survivor, a mutt named Musketeer, expired.

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    The World’s 12 Richest Dogs

    The Daily Beast

    June 18, 2010

  • You listened to the very people who created our economic meltdown, the Mutt and Jeff team of Larry Summers and Tim Geithner.

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    Grow a Pair, Obama

    Larry Flynt

    July 30, 2009

Historical Examples of mutt

  • 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.


    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


noun slang

an inept, ignorant, or stupid person
a mongrel dog; cur

Word Origin for mutt

C20: shortened from muttonhead
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for mutt

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper