scut

1
[ skuht ]

noun
  1. 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

Other definitions for scut (2 of 2)

scut2
[ skuht ]

nounSlang.
  1. 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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How to use scut in a sentence

  • A dozen scuts whisked in the air, and then vanished into the hedgerow.

    Lives of the Fur Folk | M. D. Haviland
  • And I was surprised at what the young scuts knew—God save thim!

  • Rabbits have made pitfalls in the loose, yellow sand, and we see their white scuts as vanishing points in the darkness.

    Poachers and Poaching | John Watson
  • When they first appeared the place was alive with rabbits, who hurried to their burrows with a flash of white scuts.

    Mary Gray | Katharine Tynan
  • There may be scuts uv spalpeens that won't work at any time for anything or anybody at all.

    Samba | Herbert Strang

British Dictionary definitions for scut

scut

/ (skʌt) /


noun
  1. the short tail of animals such as the deer and rabbit

Origin of scut

1
C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse skutr end of a vessel, Icelandic skott tail

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