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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
The true tale of a friendly stray mutt turned war hero is the kind of story built for cinematic adaptation.
Follow along with my escapades — and my purebred mutt, Nala — on Instagram @HauerSarah.
Anderson stalwarts Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton and Jeff Goldblum all return to voice mangy mutts.
Rebecca Cole, a sixth-grade teacher in Anchorage, runs an account for her mini Aussie mutt, Denali, known on Instagram as Denali of the North.
The sergeant quickly found its master who collected the wet and relieved mutt in his arms from the side of the boat.
Until next week, catch up with me — and my purebred mutt, Nala — on Instagram @HauerSarah and Twitter @SarahHauer or send me an email at email@example.com.
The dog, who Poe described as a large, dark brown mutt with no tags, was sitting in the back of one of the cruisers, shivering.
There are purebreds and mutts and a silky show dog, Nutmeg, voiced with husky insouciance by, naturally, Scarlett Johansson.
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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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