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rut1 / rət/ • n. a long deep track made by the repeated passage of the wheels of vehicles. ∎ fig. a habit or pattern of behavior that has become dull and unproductive but is hard to change: the administration was stuck in a rut and was losing its direction. DERIVATIVES: rut·ted adj. rut·ty adj. rut2 • n. (the rut) an annual period of sexual activity in deer and some other mammals, during which the males fight each other for access to the females. • v. (rut·ted , rut·ting ) [intr.] [often as adj.] (rutting) engage in such activity: a rutting stag. DERIVATIVES: rut·tish adj.

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rutabut, but, butt, cut, glut, gut, hut, intercut, jut, Mut, mutt, nut, phut, putt, rut, scut, shortcut, shut, slut, smut, strut, tut, undercut •sackbut • scuttlebutt • catgut •midgut • Vonnegut • rotgut • haircut •offcut • cross-cut • linocut • crew cut •woodcut • uppercut • chestnut •hazelnut • peanut • wing nut • cobnut •locknut • walnut • groundnut •doughnut (US donut) • coconut •butternut

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rut2 track made in soft ground. XVI (early forms also ro(o)te, rupt). prob. — OF. rote, early form of ROUTE.

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rut1 sexual excitement of male deer, etc. XV. — (O)F. rut, †ruit rutting (time), †bellowing (of stags):- Rom. *rūgitus, for L. rugītus, f. rugīre roar, f. *ru-, of imit. orig.