From Middle English scut (“hare”); further etymology uncertain, possibly related to Middle English scū̆t, scū̆te (“short”), possibly from Old French escorter, escurter, or Latin excurtāre, scurtāre, from curtō (“to cut short, shorten”), from curtus (“short; shortened”) (from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (“to cut off”)) + -ō. A derivation from Old Norse skut, skutr (“stern of a boat”), or Icelandic skott (“animal's tail”) is thought to be unlikely.
scut (plural scuts)
- (obsolete) A hare; (hunting, also figuratively) a hare as the game in a hunt.
- A short, erect tail, as of a hare, rabbit, or deer.
- c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The Merry VViues of VVindsor”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene v], page 51, column 1:
- M[istress] Ford. Sir Iohn: Art thou there (my Deere?) / Fal[staff.] My Doe, with the blacke Scut?
- Shakespeare's use of the word scut may be a sly reference to Mistress Ford's pudenda: see sense 3.
- (by extension) The buttocks or rump; also, the female pudenda, the vulva.
- 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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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”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kewd- (“to shoot; to throw”). Compare Old Norse skútyrði, skotyrði (“abusive language”).
scut (plural scuts)
- (chiefly Ireland, colloquial) A contemptible person.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:git
- 1947, Paul Vincent Carroll, The Wise Have Not Spoken: A Drama in Three Acts (French’s Acting Edition; no. 308), London: French, OCLC 4675602; republished New York, N.Y.: Dramatists Play Service, 1954, OCLC 3471449, Act III, scene i, page 49:
- She didn't need a new dress! Me money! Me hard earned three hundred that I scraped and scrimped for. Me scut of a daughter puttin' it on her back in finery.
- 1997, John Kessel, “The Pure Product”, in The Pure Product: Stories (Tom Doherty Associates Book), New York, N.Y.: Tor Books, →ISBN; republished in Harry Turtledove, with Martin H[arry] Greenberg, editors, The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century, New York, N.Y.: Del Rey Books, Ballantine Books, 2005, →ISBN, page 322:
- Ruth had snapped open her purse and pulled out a small gun. I grabbed her arm and yanked her into the car; she squawked and her shot went wide. […] "You scut," she said as we hit the entrance ramp of the interstate. "You're a scut-pumping Conservative. You made me miss."
- (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
- 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.
- ^ “scut, n.(1)” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 13 April 2019.
- ^ “scū̆t(e, adj.” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 13 April 2019.
- “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.
- “scut” (US) / “scut” (UK) in Oxford Dictionaries, Oxford University Press.
- 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.”
- “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.
- ^ “scut, n.5”, in OED Online , Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982; “scutwork” (US) / “scutwork” (UK) in Oxford Dictionaries, Oxford University Press.
- ^ “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.”