mutt

noun
\ ˈmət How to pronounce mutt (audio) \

Definition of mutt

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for mutt

Synonyms

airhead, 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, dum-dum, dumbbell, dumbhead, dummkopf, dummy, dunce, dunderhead, fathead, gander, golem, goof, goon, half-wit, hammerhead, hardhead, idiot, ignoramus, imbecile, jackass, know-nothing, knucklehead, lamebrain, loggerhead [chiefly dialect], loon, lump, lunkhead, meathead, mome [archaic], moron, mug [chiefly British], 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

Antonyms

brain, genius

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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.

Examples of mutt in a Sentence

it's an expensive camera, and I'd rather not turn it over to some mutt

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Published in April by HarperCollins, Trout’s sixth book tells the story of a chronically ill boy, his single mother who is a veterinarian at an animal shelter on Cape Cod, and the misfit mutt that transforms both their lives. Cindy Cantrell, BostonGlobe.com, "Three local authors share their stories," 13 June 2019 Cue Dude, a mutt who serves as Noah’s emotional support dog. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "Netflix to deliver emotional ‘Healing’ from a dog named Dude," 20 June 2019 Riding inside a small capsule within the orbiter was a young Siberian Husky mutt named Laika— the first animal to orbit Earth. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 Not content with just scaring me off, the mutts seem intent on killing me. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fallout 76 journal, day 1: welcome to the wasteland," 14 Nov. 2018 Based on the 1955 animated classic, this modern retelling will once again chronicle the misadventures of Lady, a snooty Cocker Spaniel who falls in love with Tramp, a hardscrabble stray mutt from the other side of the tracks. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Tessa Thompson Will Reportedly Voice Lady in Disney's "Lady and the Tramp" Remake," 14 Aug. 2018 Rebeca Garcia lives with her adopted mutt Cleo in the River Market's Cold Storage Lofts. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Downtown KC may face 'crisis' shortage of low-income housing. Here's who it will hurt | The Kansas City Star," 20 Apr. 2018 Victor, an energetic, 2-year-old mutt, loves hanging out at the Santee Fire Department. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Santee firefighter's dog Victor goes from rescued to rescuer," 5 July 2018 While mean-spirited in name, the contest promotes advocacy and adoption for all dogs, regardless of how mangy the mutts may be. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Zsa Zsa, the World's Ugliest Dog, dies at age 9," 10 July 2018

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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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The first known use of mutt was in 1899

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mutt

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mutt

informal : a dog with parents of different breeds

mutt

noun
\ ˈmət How to pronounce mutt (audio) \

Kids Definition of mutt

: a dog that is a mix of usually undetermined breeds

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