[ ruht-ee ]

adjective,rut·ti·er, rut·ti·est.
  1. full of or abounding in ruts, as a road.

Origin of rutty

First recorded in 1590–1600; rut1 + -y1

Other words from rutty

  • rut·ti·ly, adverb
  • rut·ti·ness, noun

Words Nearby rutty Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rutty in a sentence

  • A rutty track left the road, and sloped down to it one side; a rough siding left the railway, and sloped down to it on the other.

    The Riddle of the Sands | Erskine Childers
  • He was in high, almost turbulent spirits as he turned the car and drove it out of the rutty lane into the state road.

  • They were now somewhat sheltered from the wind, and as the road was level, although rutty, made fair progress.

    A Daughter of the Vine | Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • Except along this road—muddy and rutty in winter, dusty and rutty in summer—no walk is to be had.

    St. Winifred's | Frederic W. Farrar
  • So rutty was the earth that our wheels sank into it and our engine labored.

    The Firefly Of France | Marion Polk Angellotti

British Dictionary definitions for rutty


/ (ˈrʌtɪ) /

adjective-tier or -tiest
  1. full of ruts or holes: a rutty track

Derived forms of rutty

  • ruttily, adverb
  • ruttiness, noun

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