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A European hare (Lepus europaeus) with a white scut (sense 2)
The scut (sense 2) of a male roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) in the Tiergehege Tannenberg (Tannenberg Animal Reserve) in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English scut (hare);[1] further etymology uncertain, possibly related to Middle English scū̆t, scū̆te (short), possibly from Old French escorter, escurter, or Latin excurtāre, scurtāre,[2][3][4] from curtō (to cut short, shorten), from curtus (short; shortened) (from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (to cut off)) + . A derivation from Old Norse skut, skutr (stern of a boat), or Icelandic skott (animal's tail) is thought to be unlikely.[3]

As to sense 3 (“the female pudenda, the vulva”), see the letter of 5 June 1875 from Joseph Crosby to Joseph Parker Norris published in One Touch of Shakespeare (1986).[5]


scut (plural scuts)

  1. (obsolete) A hare; (hunting, also figuratively) a hare as the game in a hunt.
  2. A short, erect tail, as of a hare, rabbit, or deer.
  3. (by extension) The buttocks or rump; also, the female pudenda, the vulva.
    • a. 1968, Keith Roberts, “The Lady Margaret”, in Gardner Dozois, editor, Modern Classics of Science Fiction, New York, N.Y.: St. Martin’s Griffin, St. Martin’s Press, published 1993, →ISBN, page 233:
      So … so she show you her pretty li'l scut, he? Jesse, you are a lad; when will you learn?
    • 1997, Charles Frazier, “To Live Like a Gamecock”, in Cold Mountain: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Grove Press, →ISBN, page 216:
      One of the sisters backed up to the fire and hiked up the tail of her dress and bent over and thrust out her scut to it and stared at Inman with a look of glazed pleasure in her blue eyes.
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Etymology 2Edit

Origin uncertain, possibly a variant of scout ((obsolete except Scotland) contemptible person), possibly related to scout (to reject with contempt; to scoff), from a North Germanic language; compare Old Norse skúta, skúte (a taunt), probably from Proto-Germanic *skeutaną (to shoot),[4][6] from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kewd- (to shoot; to throw). Compare Old Norse skútyrði, skotyrði (abusive language).[6]


scut (plural scuts)

  1. (chiefly Ireland, colloquial) A contemptible person.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:git


Etymology 3Edit

Origin uncertain; perhaps related to scut (“contemptible person”):[7] see etymology 2.


scut (countable and uncountable, plural scuts)

  1. (also attributively) Distasteful work; drudgery; specifically (medicine, slang) some menial procedure left for a medical student to complete, sometimes for training purposes.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:drudgery
    • 1998, Jonathan Kellerman, chapter 17, in Billy Straight: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Random House, →ISBN, page 112; republished London: Headline Publishing Group, 2009, →ISBN:
      Let's devote mornings to the scut, do real work in the afternoon.
    • 1999, Patricia L. Dawson, Forged by the Knife: The Experience of Surgical Residency from the Perspective of a Woman of Color, Seattle, Wash.: Open Hand Pub., →ISBN, page 100:
      There's no question that it's sexist. [Female residents] are berated more on rounds, given more scut to do.
    • 1999, Catherine Miles Wallace, Dance Lessons: Moving to the Rhythm of a Crazy God, Harrisburg, Pa.: Morehouse Publishing, →ISBN, page 163:
      And the scut of weeding or washing clothes or waiting in the dentist's waiting room or the soccer field parking lot is actually far less brutalizing than the scut of grading freshman essays []
    • 2003, Virginia Gayl Salazar, Gone: A Sci Fi about Cloning, New York, N.Y.; Lincoln, Neb.: Writers Club Press, iUniverse, →ISBN, page 144:
      "What if you were called a scut puppy?" / "When I first started I was one. A scut puppy is usually a medical student or a nurse who does menial tasks. That's how a person learns in the beginning. We are under others who will teach us and work our tails off."
    • 2004, Clark Howard, “The Leper Colony”, in Ed Gorman and Martin H[arry] Greenberg, editors, The World’s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories: Fifth Annual Collection (Tom Doherty Associates Book), New York, N.Y.: Tor Books, →ISBN, page 445:
      So they give the people assigned to the Probation Squad every scut case that other squads don't want to handle.
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 4Edit

Origin unknown; perhaps from scut(tle), or related to Swedish scutla (to leap).[8]


scut (third-person singular simple present scuts, present participle scutting, simple past and past participle scut)

  1. (intransitive, originally Cumbria, East Anglia, Yorkshire) To scamper off.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ scut, n.(1)” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 13 April 2019.
  2. ^ scū̆t(e, adj.” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 13 April 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 scut, n.1”, in OED Online  , Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1911; compare “scut, adj. and n.3”, in OED Online  , Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1911.
  4. 4.0 4.1 scut” (US) / “scut” (UK) in Oxford Dictionaries, Oxford University Press.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Joseph Crosby (5 June 1875), “Letter 55 [to Joseph Parker Norris]”, in John W. Velz and Frances N. Teague, editors, One Touch of Shakespeare: Letters of Joseph Crosby to Joseph Parker Norris, 1875–1878, Washington, D.C.: Folger Books, Folger Shakespeare Library; Cranbury, N.J.; London; Mississauga, Ont.: Associated University Presses, published 1986, →ISBN, page 79: “[C]an there be a doubt that overscutched [in Henry IV, Part 2, Act III, scene ii] means one who hath scutched too much, or used her scut to excess, and that "the overscutched huswives" meant old, played out whores? I think not.”
  6. 6.0 6.1 scut, n.4”, in OED Online  , Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982; “scout, n.2”, in OED Online  , Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1911; “scout, v.2”, in OED Online  , Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1911.
  7. ^ scut, n.5”, in OED Online  , Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982; “scutwork” (US) / “scutwork” (UK) in Oxford Dictionaries, Oxford University Press.
  8. ^ “SCUT, v.2 and sb.3” in Joseph Wright, editor, The English Dialect Dictionary: [], volume V (R–S), London: Published by Henry Frowde, [], publisher to the English Dialect Society, []; New York, N.Y.: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1905, OCLC 81937840, page 302, column 1: “To make short, hurried runs; to scamper away; to run without being seen.”




From Latin scūtum (shield), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *skei- (to cut, split), an extension of *sek- (to cut).


scut n (plural scuturi)

  1. shield

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