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Dictionary Definition

rut

Noun

1 a groove or furrow (especially one in soft earth caused by wheels)
2 a settled and monotonous routine that is hard to escape; "they fell into a conversational rut" [syn: groove]
3 applies to nonhuman mammals: a state or period of heightened sexual arousal and activity [syn: estrus, oestrus, heat] [ant: anestrus]

Verb

1 be in a state of sexual excitement; of male mammals
2 hollow out in the form of a furrow or groove; "furrow soil" [syn: furrow, groove] [also: rutting, rutted]

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English

Etymology 1

Old French ‘noise, roar, bellowing’, from Latin rugitus, from rugire ‘to roar’

Noun

  1. Sexual desire or oestrus of cattle, and various other mammals
  2. The annual condition of sexual excitement in deer
Translations
Sexual desire or oestrus of cattle, and various other mammals
The annual condition of sexual excitement in deer
  • To be in the annual rut
Translations
To be in the annual rut

Etymology 2

16th century. Probably from French route ‘road’

Noun

  1. A furrow, groove, or track worn in the ground, as from the passage of many wheels along a road.
  2. A fixed routine, procedure, line of conduct, thought or feeling. (See also rutter)
  3. A dull routine.
    Dull job, no interests, no dates. He's really in a rut.
Translations
A furrow, groove, or track worn in the ground
A fixed routine, procedure, line of conduct, thought or feeling

Verb

  1. To make a furrow
Translations
make a furrow
Translations to be checked

Extensive Definition

Rut may refer to:
People with the given name Rut:
People with the surname Rut:

See also

rut in Italian: RUT

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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