- a short tail, especially that of a hare, rabbit, or deer.
Origin of scut1
- a worthless, contemptible person.
Origin of scut2
Examples from the Web for scut
Historical Examples of scut
Pinch its scut or bite its ears, and when it exclaims, "Miauw!"
Fluff-Button doubled away nimbly from his rush, but even so the dog's jaws snapped together just behind his scut.Lives of the Fur Folk
M. D. Haviland
The fox sprang at it, too late, for the white fangs closed emptily behind its scut.Red Eve
H. Rider Haggard
Both male and female have a dark line down the back, rump, and scut.Rambles in the Islands of Corsica and Sardinia
On his head is a little round cap, with a tuft made out of a hare's or rabbit's scut.The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the first
Count Carlo Gozzi
- the short tail of animals such as the deer and rabbit
Word Origin for scut
Word Origin and History for scut
term of contempt for a person, 1873, of unknown origin.
"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.).