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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
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
short for muttonhead dull-witted person
First Known Use: 1899
MUTT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mutt for English Language Learners
: a dog with parents of different breeds
MUTT Defined for Kids
Definition of mutt for Students
: a dog that is a mix of usually undetermined breeds
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