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Examples of mutt in a Sentence
it's an expensive camera, and I'd rather not turn it over to some mutt
Recent Examples of mutt from the Web
There were several large terrier mixes, several short-haired mutts, some with white muzzles and some that looked quite young.
So is a mutt named Killer, who plays a key role in the story.
Name: Ruby Breed: Dachshund and Chihuahua Mix Age: N/A Fun Fact: Separated from her puppies, this mutt needs a loving place to call home.
Mutts and Mayhem Animal Rescue, which led the rescue effort, posted two live videos on Facebook showing Daisy's rescue and the puppy recuperating at the animal hospital.
Lauren Jauregui, 21, wears a lacy boho-chic blouse and carries her puppy, a rescue mutt named Leo.
Take that scroungy mutt through a $6 carwash and bring some cleaning supplies so that your rolling relic can bring its best tires forward.
Some of us are ethnic mixes, e.g. Ghanaian and Canadian, Nigerian and Swiss; others merely cultural mutts: American accent, European affect, African ethos.
Chinese cresteds, Chihuahuas and mutts typically headline the competition, which is held in Petaluma.
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Did You Know?
Mutt can now be used with either affection or disdain to refer to a dog that is not purebred, but in the word's early history, in the U.S. around the turn of the 20th century, it could also be used to describe a person - and not kindly: "mutt" was another word for "fool." The word's history lies in another insult. It comes from "muttonhead," another Americanism that also means essentially "fool." "Muttonhead" had been around since the early 19th century but it was not unlike an older insult with the same meaning: people had been calling one another "sheep's heads" since the mid-16th century.
Origin and Etymology of mutt
First Known Use: 1899See Words from the same year
Synonymsairhead, birdbrain, blockhead, bonehead, bubblehead, chowderhead, chucklehead, clodpoll (or clodpole), clot [British], cluck, clunk, cretin, cuddy (or cuddie) [British dialect], deadhead, dim bulb [slang], dimwit, dip, dodo, dolt, donkey, doofus [slang], dope, dork [slang], dullard, dumbbell, dumbhead, dum-dum, dummkopf, dummy, dunce, dunderhead, fathead, gander, golem, goof, goon, half-wit, hammerhead, hardhead, ignoramus, imbecile, jackass, know-nothing, knucklehead, lamebrain, loggerhead [chiefly dialect], loon, lump, lunkhead, meathead, mome [archaic], moron, mug [chiefly British], idiot, natural, nimrod [slang], nincompoop, ninny, ninnyhammer, nit [chiefly British], nitwit, noddy, noodle, numskull (or numbskull), oaf, pinhead, prat [British], ratbag [chiefly Australian], saphead, schlub (also shlub) [slang], schnook [slang], simpleton, stock, stupe, stupid, thickhead, turkey, woodenhead, yahoo, yo-yo
Related Wordsbooby, buffoon, fool, goose, loony, lunatic, madman, nut, zany; loser; gawk; featherbrain, scatterbrain; beast, boor, cad, churl, clown, creep, cur, heel, jerk, skunk, snake, stinker, villain; bimbette [slang], bimbo [slang], himbo
Near Antonymsegghead, intellect, intellectual, sage, thinker, whiz, wizard; polymath, Renaissance man; sharpie (or sharpy)
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