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[ruht-ee] /ˈrʌt i/
adjective, ruttier, ruttiest.
full of or abounding in ruts, as a road.
Origin of rutty
1590-1600; rut1 + -y1
Related forms
ruttily, adverb
ruttiness, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • When they were on the rutty, climbing road again, Dora laughingly remarked, “Dusky already knows the voice of his mistress.”

  • The way became grass-grown and rutty, and I was obliged to drive slowly.

    The Lightning Conductor C. N. Williamson
  • And at last, as the reddish sky was fading and turning to lead, they came upon a rutty, winding country road.

    Frank Merriwell's Son Burt L. Standish
  • He turned his attention again to the machine and the rutty way before him.

    Trusia Davis Brinton
  • The road was dark, rutty, and in places still miry from Monday night's rain.

    Helmet of Navarre Bertha Runkle
  • She crossed it, entered a rutty cart-path, and was in the Edwards' woodland.

    Jerome, A Poor Man Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • A rutty little ruelle runs along the side of St Enogat Church and makes a short cut to the high road.

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
  • The rutty road was leading up toward the tableland on which stood the now nearly deserted old mining-town of Gleeson.

  • The younger brother gave a start, and stopped abruptly in the rutty roadway, looking toward the speaker.

    True and Other Stories George Parsons Lathrop
  • He steered for the open country, abandoning the tow-path, and swinging his steed down a rutty lane.

    The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
British Dictionary definitions for rutty


adjective -tier, -tiest
full of ruts or holes: a rutty track
Derived Forms
ruttily, adverb
ruttiness, noun
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