- a furrow or track in the ground, especially one made by the passage of a vehicle or vehicles.
- any furrow, groove, etc.
- a fixed or established mode of procedure or course of life, usually dull or unpromising: to fall into a rut.
- to make a rut or ruts in; furrow.
Origin of rut1
- the periodically recurring sexual excitement of the deer, goat, sheep, etc.
- to be in the condition of rut.
Origin of rut2
Related Wordsgouge, track, hollow, trench, pothole, score, trough, furrow, rabbet, wont, rote, humdrum, habit, pattern, practice, system, custom, course, pace, circuit
Examples from the Web for rut
Some bison die during the violence of the rut in August; there is intense competition by bears for these rare summer carcasses.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
It's no secret that the industry is stuck in a bit of a rut.Hollywood Declares 2014 the Year of the Bible
January 9, 2014
The business man gets into a rut, and often does not look beyond it.Self-Help
Rut they were all accompanied with an ineffable dignity, and an angelic purity.Imogen
Once he thought Corinne hit a rut that could have been avoided.Weak on Square Roots
You see, I came on the coach as far as Bayport and then we lost a wheel in a rut.Keziah Coffin
Joseph C. Lincoln
Yet at least it served to raise our daily lives out of the rut of commonplace.The Book-Hunter at Home
P. B. M. Allan
- a groove or furrow in a soft road, caused by wheels
- any deep mark, hole, or groove
- a narrow or predictable way of life, set of attitudes, etc; dreary or undeviating routine (esp in the phrase in a rut)
- (tr) to make a rut or ruts in
- a recurrent period of sexual excitement and reproductive activity in certain male ruminants, such as the deer, that corresponds to the period of oestrus in females
- another name for oestrus
- (intr) (of male ruminants) to be in a period of sexual excitement and activity
Word Origin and History for rut
"narrow track worn or cut in the ground," 1570s, probably from Middle English route (see route (n.)); though OED finds this "improbable." Metaphoric meaning "narrow, monotonous routine; habitual mode of behavior" first attested 1839.
"annually recurring sexual excitement in animals; animal mating season" (originally of deer), early 15c., from Old French rut, ruit, from Late Latin rutigum (nominative rugitus) "a bellowing," from past participle of Latin rugire "to bellow," from PIE imitative root *reu-. The verb is recorded from early 15c. Related: Rutting.
Idioms and Phrases with rut
see in a rut.