rut

1
[ruht]

noun

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.

verb (used with object), rut·ted, rut·ting.

to make a rut or ruts in; furrow.

Nearby words

  1. rustproof,
  2. rustproofing,
  3. rusty,
  4. rusty blackbird,
  5. rusty sputum,
  6. rutabaga,
  7. rutaceous,
  8. ruth,
  9. ruth, babe,
  10. ruthenia

Origin of rut

1
First recorded in 1570–80; perhaps variant of route

rut

2
[ruht]

noun

the periodically recurring sexual excitement of the deer, goat, sheep, etc.

verb (used without object), rut·ted, rut·ting.

to be in the condition of rut.

Origin of rut

2
1375–1425; late Middle English rutte < Middle French rut, ruit < Late Latin rugītus a roaring, equivalent to Latin rugī(re) to roar + -tus suffix of v. action

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British Dictionary definitions for rut

rut

1

noun

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)

verb ruts, rutting or rutted

(tr) to make a rut or ruts in

Word Origin for rut

C16: probably from French route road

noun

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

verb ruts, rutting or rutted

(intr) (of male ruminants) to be in a period of sexual excitement and activity

Word Origin for rut

C15: from Old French rut noise, roar, from Latin rugītus, from rugīre to roar

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Word Origin and History for rut
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Idioms and Phrases with rut

rut

see in a rut.

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