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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English moot, mot, ȝemot, from Old English mōt, ġemōt (moot, society, assembly, meeting, court, council, synod), from Proto-Germanic *mōtą (an encounter, meeting, assembly), from Proto-Indo-European *mōd-, *mād- (to encounter, come). Cognate with Scots mut, mote (meeting, assembly), Low German Mööt (meeting), Moot (meeting), archaic Dutch (ge)moet (meeting), Danish møde (meeting), Swedish möte (meeting), Norwegian møte (meeting), Icelandic mót (meeting, tournament, meet). Related to meet.



moot (comparative more moot, superlative most moot)

  1. (current in Britain, rare in the US) Subject to discussion (originally at a moot); arguable, debatable, unsolved or impossible to solve.
    • 1770, Joseph Banks, The Endeavour Journal of Sir Joseph Banks, January 4, 1770 (published 1962):
      [] :indeed we were obligd to hawl off rather in a hurry for the wind freshning a little we found ourselves in a bay which it was a moot point whether or not we could get out of: []
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, Chapter 32:
      [T]he uncertain, unsettled condition of this science of Cetology is in the very vestibule attested by the fact, that in some quarters it still remains a moot point whether a whale be a fish.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 477:
      The extent to which these Parisian radicals ‘represented’ the French people as a whole was very moot.
  2. (Canada, US, chiefly law) Being an exercise of thought; academic.
    Walter Crane and Lewis F. Day (1903) Moot Points: Friendly Disputes on Art and Industry Between Walter Crane and Lewis F. Day
  3. (Canada, US) Having no practical impact or relevance.
    That point may make for a good discussion, but it is moot.
    • 2007, Paul Mankowski, "The Languages of Biblical Translation", Adoremus Bulletin, Vol. 13, No. 4,
      The question [whether certain poetry was present in the original Hebrew Psalms] in our own time is moot, since various considerations have made it certain that, of all the hazards presented by biblical translation, a dangerous excess of beauty is not one of them.
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moot (plural moots)

  1. A moot court.
    • Sir T. Elyot
      The pleading used in courts and chancery called moots.
  2. A system of arbitration in many areas of Africa in which the primary goal is to settle a dispute and reintegrate adversaries into society rather than assess penalties.
  3. (Scouting) A gathering of Rovers, usually in the form of a camp lasting 2 weeks.
  4. (paganism) A social gathering of pagans, normally held in a public house.
  5. (historical) An assembly (usually for decision making in a locality). [from the 12th c.]
  6. (shipbuilding) A ring for gauging wooden pins.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English moten (to speak, talk, converse, discuss), from Old English mōtian (to speak, converse, discuss). See also mutter (which is a frequentative of moot).


moot (third-person singular simple present moots, present participle mooting, simple past and past participle mooted)

  1. To bring up as a subject for debate, to propose.
  2. To discuss or debate.
    • Sir W. Hamilton
      a problem which hardly has been mentioned, much less mooted, in this country
    • Sir T. Elyot
      First a case is appointed to be mooted by certain young men, containing some doubtful controversy.
    • 2015 March 4, Peter Shadbolt, “Amazing Cycle Super Highways”, in CNN[1], retrieved 2015-03-11:
      An elevated cycleway connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena was mooted as early as 1896 …
  3. (US) To make or declare irrelevant.
  4. To argue or plead in a supposed case.
    • Ben Jonson
      There is a difference between mooting and pleading; between fencing and fighting.
  5. (regional, obsolete) To talk or speak.
    'Tis no boot to moot again of it.
  6. (Scotland, Northern England) To say, utter, also insinuate.
    He could not moot the words.
Usage notesEdit

In the fifth sense, usually found in the archaic phrase no boot to moot, as inː it's no boot to moot with her (it is no use to talk/reason/plead with her).

In rural northern dialects, usually used together with the verbs mell and spell, where moot is used instead of talk and say; mell used instead of speak and converse; and spell instead of tell and relate. The verb moot in the sense to talk, say, utter etc., is part of an informal in-group speak or register wherein speakers (mostly of northern dialects) use this and the above-mentioned words when talking with one another and when talking with outsiders or strangers they, usually, only use the words like say, talk, speak etc.. For example, if a mother is talking with her child she is much more likely to use words like moot, mell and spell, however if she is speaking with a stranger from the South she is extremely unlikely to use such words. Also, such words are usually considered taboo in formal contexts.


moot (plural moots)

  1. (Scotland, Northern England) A whisper, or an insinuation, also gossip or rumors.
    Na, I haven't heard a moot of it.
    Haven't you heard the moot, mate? There are going to be layoffs. They are going to shit-can the lot of us.
  2. (Scotland, Northern England, rural) Talk.
    No, there's no moot of it on the streets.
    There's some moot of charges, but nothing concrete yet.

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Etymology 3Edit




moot (plural moots)

  1. (Australia) Vagina.


  • The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, 2005, ISBN 041525938X, pages vol. 2, p. 1320




Ultimately related to Proto-Germanic *maitaną. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.



moot m (plural moten, diminutive mootje n)

  1. A thick slice or a cut, especially of fish.
  2. (by extension) A chunk of any whole; a part.

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