rut

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[ ruht ]
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noun
  1. a furrow or track in the ground, especially one made by the passage of a vehicle or vehicles.

  2. any furrow, groove, etc.

  1. 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.
  1. to make a rut or ruts in; furrow.

Origin of rut

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

Other definitions for rut (2 of 2)

rut2
[ ruht ]

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

verb (used without object),rut·ted, rut·ting.
  1. 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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How to use rut in a sentence

  • He went to his Jeep, raised a hand toward the cabin, and made for the rutted track through the woods.

    The Ballad of Johnny France | Richard Ben Cramer | January 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Approaching a road rutted with streetcar channels, McGlinchey told himself: Steer clear.

    Biking While Drunk | Anneli Rufus | October 15, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Intermittent, torrential rain showers turned the rutted, cratered road into a bog of red mud.

    Congo's Feminist Fight | Linda Bird Francke | July 7, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • She heard a thud that made her ears ring, and suddenly Wolf Paw was slumping to the rutted trail in front of her.

    Shaman | Robert Shea
  • We take our rutted thoughts, our predispositions, our cultural concepts wherever we go.

    The Memory of Mars | Raymond F. Jones
  • They rode on past a stockyard, and into a rutted street of bare frame houses, and Hetty was glad they scarcely met anybody.

    The Cattle-Baron's Daughter | Harold Bindloss
  • The road had been deeply rutted during the November rains, and now the ruts were frozen.

    Cy Whittaker's Place | Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The ground was hard and rutted with frosty mud and bruised her slender feet through her white buckskin sandals.

    I, Mary MacLane | Mary MacLane

British Dictionary definitions for rut (1 of 2)

rut1

/ (rʌt) /


noun
  1. a groove or furrow in a soft road, caused by wheels

  2. any deep mark, hole, or groove

  1. a narrow or predictable way of life, set of attitudes, etc; dreary or undeviating routine (esp in the phrase in a rut)

verbruts, rutting or rutted
  1. (tr) to make a rut or ruts in

Origin of rut

1
C16: probably from French route road

British Dictionary definitions for rut (2 of 2)

rut2

/ (rʌt) /


noun
  1. 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

  2. another name for oestrus

verbruts, rutting or rutted
  1. (intr) (of male ruminants) to be in a period of sexual excitement and activity

Origin of rut

2
C15: from Old French rut noise, roar, from Latin rugītus, from rugīre to roar

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Other Idioms and Phrases with rut

rut

see in a rut.

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