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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English moot, mot, ȝemot, from Old English mōt, gemōt ‎(moot, society, assembly, meeting, court, council, synod), from Proto-Germanic *mōtą ‎(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), 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).


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.
    It is no boot longer with this man to moot.‎ (The Chester Mystery Plays, c. late 15th century)
    Sir, thereof let us moot no more, we hold us paid, take there thy pay.‎ (The Towneley Mystery Plays, c. 15th century)
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).


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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





moot m ‎(plural moten, diminutive mootje n)

  1. A thick slice (usually) of fish.

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