scut

1
[skuht]
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noun

a short tail, especially that of a hare, rabbit, or deer.

Origin of scut

1
1400–50; late Middle English: hare < Old Norse skutr stern

scut

2
[skuht]

noun Slang.

a worthless, contemptible person.

Origin of scut

2
1870–75; origin uncertain; perhaps continuation of Scots and dial. scout, scoot, Middle English scoute in same sense; perhaps noun use of Scots scout to spurt, squirt out, scoot
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scut

noun

the short tail of animals such as the deer and rabbit

Word Origin for scut

C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse skutr end of a vessel, Icelandic skott tail
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Word Origin and History for scut
n.2

term of contempt for a person, 1873, of unknown origin.

n.1

"short, erect tail" (of a rabbit, hare, deer, etc.), 1520s; earlier "a hare" (mid-15c.), perhaps from Old Norse skjota "to shoot (with a weapon), launch, push, shove quickly" (cf. Norwegian skudda "to shove, push"), from PIE *skeud- "to shoot, chase, throw" (see shoot (v.).

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