[pronounced as two alveolar clicks; spelling pronunciation tuht-tuht]

interjection, noun, verb (used without object), tut-tut·ted, tut-tut·ting.

Origin of tut-tut

First recorded in 1585–95
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Contemporary Examples of tut-tut

Historical Examples of tut-tut

  • Betty gave a sideway smile at Kathryn and whispered, Tut-tut!

    Betty Lee, Sophomore

    David Goodger (goodger@python.org)

  • "Tut-tut, I doubt the join will be plainly visible," he murmured to himself.

    The Passionate Elopement

    Compton Mackenzie

  • Tut-tut, dear lad, that is not the way to speak of our mentors and preceptors.

    Second Plays

    A. A. Milne

  • The gentleman drew in his head with a little "Tut-tut" of consternation.

  • Tut-tut, it's a great, it's a staving preferment, and just opulent with influence here.

    The American Claimant

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

British Dictionary definitions for tut-tut



an exclamation of mild reprimand, disapproval, or surprise

verb -tuts, -tutting or -tutted

(intr) to express disapproval by the exclamation of "tut-tut"


the act of tut-tutting
Often shortened to: tut
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