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Definition of mutt

1 : a stupid or insignificant person : fool
2 : a mongrel dog : cur

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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.

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it's an expensive camera, and I'd rather not turn it over to some mutt
Recent Examples on the Web Edward Jump drew a cartoon of Norton with Bummer and Lazarus, but really the Newfoundland dog and his mutt were famous on their own, legendary for the rescue of runaway horses and the capture of 85 rats in 20 minutes. Kevin Fisher-paulson,, "Fisher-Paulson: Ahead of San Francisco Pride, an ode to ‘queens’," 23 June 2020 She, too, was stuck at home, although her dog, a diabetic mutt named George, sometimes forced her out of the house. Fergus Mcintosh, The New Yorker, "Zoom Fatigue? Try Houseparty," 1 June 2020 The streaming service combines live-action filming with photorealism to bring the pups to life for a new generation of viewers, telling the heartfelt love story of a pampered Cocker Spaniel named Lady and a stray mutt called Tramp. Claudia Harmata,, "New Lady and the Tramp Trailer Recreates Iconic Spaghetti and Meatball Scene," 15 Oct. 2019 That was the day that me, my husband, our two daughters, our shaggy mutt and a million Ikea bags stuffed with rations decamped from Queens to my parents' home in New Jersey. S. Mitra Kalita, CNN, "I'm the quarantine buffer among three generations of my family. All in one house," 11 Apr. 2020 But people aren’t into drinking the mutt wines as much. Washington Post, "Goodbye cabernet sauvignon. How climate change will end wine as we know it.," 31 Jan. 2020 For many mutt-mushing enthusiasts, this year’s Iditarod race may have felt especially bittersweet. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Nostalgic for the North? Take a Virtual Dogsled Ride in Fairbanks, Alaska," 30 Apr. 2020 At his side was a scrappy mutt named Oreo, who scurried among the onlookers and barked at the lions and tigers sunning in their cages. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, "Embattled Wildlife in Need continues to operate business as usual despite legal challenges," 22 Feb. 2020 Their sweet old mutt, Baja, greeted me, wearing a lifting harness that helps her to get up and down the stairs. Sarah Blackwood, The New Yorker, "The Uncanny Domestic Spaces of Becky Suss," 3 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of mutt

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mutt

short for muttonhead dull-witted person

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7 Jul 2020

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“Mutt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mutt

informal : a dog with parents of different breeds


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Kids Definition of mutt

: a dog that is a mix of usually undetermined breeds

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