a long deep track made by the repeated passage of the wheels of vehicles.
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.
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.
) [intr.] [often as adj.] (rutting)
engage in such activity:
a rutting stag.
, 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
donut) • coconut
track made in soft ground. XVI (early forms also ro(o)te
). prob. — OF. rote
, early form of ROUTE
sexual excitement of male deer, etc. XV. — (O)F. rut
rutting (time), †bellowing (of stags):- Rom. *rūgitus
, for L. rugītus
, f. rugīre
roar, f. *ru-
, of imit. orig.