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May 27, 2005
This week's theme
Insults

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scut

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scut

(skut) Pronunciation

noun:
1. A worthless, contemptible fellow. (This term often appears in the form "scut work".)
2. A short erect tail, especially of a hare, rabbit, or deer.

For 1: Or uncertain origin, perhaps from scout.
For 2: Of unknown origin.

"The Voice: Heave a rope when we come alongside. [Then irritably.] Where are ye, ye scut?"
Eugene O'Neill; Anna Christie; 1922.

See more usage examples of scut in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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