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[pronounced as an alveolar click; spelling pronunciation tuht]
  1. (used as an exclamation of contempt, disdain, impatience, etc.)
  2. for shame!
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  1. an exclamation of “tut.”
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verb (used without object), tut·ted, tut·ting.
  1. to utter the exclamation “tut.”
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Also tut-tut.

Origin of tut

First recorded in 1520–30
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Contemporary Examples of tut

Historical Examples of tut

  • Tut, tut, Paddy, my lad; you've gone in the wrong direction altogether for them.

    The O'Ruddy

    Stephen Crane

  • Tut, tut, my dear sir, you must really pay attention to these details.

  • "Tut, my dear," says the old lady, mightily pleased nevertheless.

    Molly Bawn

    Margaret Wolfe Hamilton

  • Tut, tut, Philip, that is not the way to salute your betrothed.

  • Tuttut, I know perfectly well where my dear son falls short.

British Dictionary definitions for tut


interjection, noun, verb tuts, tutting or tutted
  1. short for tut-tut
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Word Origin and History for tut

1520s, along with tush (mid-15c.), a natural interjection expressing contempt.

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