rut

1 of 4

noun (1)

1
: a periodic and often annually recurring state of certain male animals (such as deer or elk) during which behavior associated with the urge to breed is displayed
2
: the period of time during which rut occurs : breeding season

rut

2 of 4

verb (1)

rutted; rutting

intransitive verb

: to be in or enter into a state of rut

rut

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noun (2)

1
a
: a track worn by a wheel or by habitual passage
b
: a groove in which something runs
2
: a usual or fixed practice
especially : a monotonous routine
fall easily into a conversational rut

rut

4 of 4

verb (2)

rutted; rutting

transitive verb

: to make a rut in : furrow

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English rutte, from Middle French ruit rut, disturbance, from Late Latin rugitus roar, from Latin rugire to roar; akin to Middle Irish rucht roar, Old Church Slavonic rŭžati to neigh

Noun (2)

perhaps modification of Middle French route way, route

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1600, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (2)

1607, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rut was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Rut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rut. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

rut 1 of 4

noun

1
: a track worn by a wheel or by frequent passage
2
: a usual or fixed routine
I need a change—I'm getting in a rut
rutty
ˈrət-ē
adjective

rut

2 of 4

verb

rutted; rutting
: to make a rut in

rut

3 of 4

noun

: the period during which male animals (as elk or deer) display behavior associated with the urge to breed

rut

4 of 4

verb

rutted; rutting
: to exhibit behavior associated with the rut
used of a male animal

Medical Definition

rut 1 of 2

noun

1
: a periodic and often annually recurring state of certain male animals (such as deer or elk) during which behavior associated with the urge to breed is displayed
2
: the period of time during which rut occurs : breeding season

rut

2 of 2

intransitive verb

rutted; rutting
: to be in or enter into a state of rut

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