1 [ruht]
a furrow or track in the ground, especially one made by the passage of a vehicle or vehicles.
any furrow, groove, etc.
a fixed or established mode of procedure or course of life, usually dull or unpromising: to fall into a rut.
verb (used with object), rutted, rutting.
to make a rut or ruts in; furrow.

1570–80; perhaps variant of route Unabridged


2 [ruht]
the periodically recurring sexual excitement of the deer, goat, sheep, etc.
verb (used without object), rutted, rutting.
to be in the condition of rut.

1375–1425; late Middle English rutte < Middle French rut, ruit < Late Latin rugītus a roaring, equivalent to Latin rugī(re) to roar + -tus suffix of v. action Unabridged
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rut1 (rʌt)
1.  a groove or furrow in a soft road, caused by wheels
2.  any deep mark, hole, or groove
3.  a narrow or predictable way of life, set of attitudes, etc; dreary or undeviating routine (esp in the phrase in a rut)
vb , ruts, rutting, rutted
4.  (tr) to make a rut or ruts in
[C16: probably from French route road]

rut2 (rʌt)
1.  a recurrent period of sexual excitement and reproductive activity in certain male ruminants, such as the deer, that corresponds to the period of oestrus in females
2.  another name for oestrus
vb , ruts, rutting, rutted
3.  (intr) (of male ruminants) to be in a period of sexual excitement and activity
[C15: from Old French rut noise, roar, from Latin rugītus, from rugīre to roar]

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Word Origin & History

"track," 1580, probably from M.E. route (see route); though OED finds this "improbable." metaphoric meaning "narrow, monotonous routine" first attested 1839.

"animal mating season" (originally of deer), c.1410, from O.Fr. rut, ruit, from L.L. rutigum (nom. rugitus) "a bellowing," from pp. of L. rugire "to bellow." The verb is recorded from c.1625.
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Idioms & Phrases


see in a rut.

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Example sentences
Yet he is unwilling to rest content in a rut, even a rut in which he might feel
So, the moral of the story is simply keeping loose monetary policy will not
  help the country recover from the rut it is in.
Every situation finds them stuck in an emotional rut.
The question, then, is how the sector might climb out of its rut.
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