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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
Wiley, our five-year-old rescue mutt, weighs 85 pounds, and Bowie, our one-year-old husky–German shepherd mix, is currently about 75 pounds.
The short, squat, funny-looking little mutt that was Stubby isn't exactly a war horse.
Dogs were second-tier pets but Twain cherished many mutts.
The other twisted and whined at the end of a leash that Contreras clutched as the gales threatened to suck the mutt away into the lightless night.
The forester’s dog s— three dirty brown mutts — exploded with barking.
Screenwriter Anderson, Schwartzman, Roman Coppola and Kunichi Nomura began formulating Isle of Dogs more than four years ago with a strong focus on the idiosyncratic mutts, voiced by actors like Bill Murray and Edward Norton.
There are small kids and parents making their way down to nearby Horseshoe Lake, and there are dogs — retrievers, corgis, mutts, all of them overjoyed at being someplace with so many different smells.
Follow along with my escapades — and my purebred mutt, Nala — on Instagram @HauerSarah and Twitter @SarahHauer or send me an email at email@example.com.
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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.
MUTT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mutt for English Language Learners
: a dog with parents of different breeds
MUTT Defined for Kids
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