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two alveolar or dental clicks
 How to pronounce tut-tut (audio)
 often read as  ˈtət-ˈtət
: tut


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tut-tutted; tut-tutting

intransitive verb

: to express disapproval or disbelief by or as if by uttering tut
editorialists tut-tutted over the recent congressional scandal

Examples of tut-tut in a Sentence

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The rest of the parents, who are mostly millennials, tut-tut their disapproval, and talk about how badly they’ve been triggered. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 19 Oct. 2023 Yet strategic convergence there does not mean everywhere: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its year-long war has elicited a tepid tut-tut from New Delhi, while India has escalated its purchases of cheap Russian oil at a time Washington seeks to isolate Moscow. Alyssa Ayres, Time, 21 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1566, in the meaning defined above


1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tut-tut was in 1566

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Cite this Entry

“Tut-tut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tut-tut. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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