scut

scut

1 [skuht]
noun
a short tail, especially that of a hare, rabbit, or deer.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English: hare < Old Norse skutr stern

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scut

2 [skuht]
noun Slang.
a worthless, contemptible person.

Origin:
1870–75; origin uncertain; perhaps continuation of Scots and dial. scout, scoot, Middle English scoute in same sense; perhaps noun use of Scots scout to spurt, squirt out, scoot

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scut (skʌt)
 
n
the short tail of animals such as the deer and rabbit
 
[C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse skutr end of a vessel, Icelandic skott tail]

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