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rut1

[ruht] /rʌt/
noun
1.
a furrow or track in the ground, especially one made by the passage of a vehicle or vehicles.
2.
any furrow, groove, etc.
3.
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.
4.
to make a rut or ruts in; furrow.
Origin of rut1
1570-1580
1570-80; perhaps variant of route

rut2

[ruht] /rʌt/
noun
1.
the periodically recurring sexual excitement of the deer, goat, sheep, etc.
verb (used without object), rutted, rutting.
2.
to be in the condition of rut.
Origin
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
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  • She heard a thud that made her ears ring, and suddenly Wolf Paw was slumping to the rutted trail in front of her.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • We were riding now up the stony and rutted lane which led from the ford.

    The Adventures of Gerard Arthur Conan Doyle
  • When she found that her feet had reached the patch of rutted ground that was around the gate, she sobbed with thankfulness.

    The Judge Rebecca West
  • Blazing sunshine beat down upon the rutted street, and an unpleasant gritty dust blew along it.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • Finally they reached the rutted, dirt road that twisted along the stream bed toward the framed shape of the farm house.

    The Sex Life of the Gods Michael Knerr
  • Then they were past, trotting along a frosty, rutted country road.

    The Crimson Sweater Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The road was only a wide, rutted cow-path on the side of the hill.

  • The ground was hard and rutted with frosty mud and bruised her slender feet through her white buckskin sandals.

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
British Dictionary definitions for rutted

rut1

/rʌt/
noun
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)
verb ruts, rutting, rutted
4.
(transitive) to make a rut or ruts in
Word Origin
C16: probably from French route road

rut2

/rʌt/
noun
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
verb ruts, rutting, rutted
3.
(intransitive) (of male ruminants) to be in a period of sexual excitement and activity
Word Origin
C15: from Old French rut noise, roar, from Latin rugītus, from rugīre to roar
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Word Origin and History for rutted

rut

n.

"narrow track worn or cut in the ground," 1570s, probably from Middle English route (see route (n.)); though OED finds this "improbable." Metaphoric meaning "narrow, monotonous routine; habitual mode of behavior" first attested 1839.

"annually recurring sexual excitement in animals; animal mating season" (originally of deer), early 15c., from Old French rut, ruit, from Late Latin rutigum (nominative rugitus) "a bellowing," from past participle of Latin rugire "to bellow," from PIE imitative root *reu-. The verb is recorded from early 15c. Related: Rutting.

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Idioms and Phrases with rutted

rut

see: in a rut
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