- 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
Examples from the Web for rutted
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
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 main road was north and south, winding and twisting its rutted, sandy way.Keziah Coffin
Joseph C. Lincoln
But the rutted, rocky road begins at once to excite suspicion.'Charge It'
It is rutted with wheels and trodden down by the feet of many adventurers.A Study In Scarlet
Arthur Conan Doyle
He turned off the blacktop and started down the rutted path.Lease to Doomsday
At 39 m. is the junction with a dirt road, rutted and winding; not suitable for trailers.North Dakota
- 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 rutted
"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 rutted
see in a rut.