- a short, stumpy tail, esp. of a hare, rabbit, or deer
- a contemptible person
Origin of scutME, hare, tail from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
Origin of scutEarly Modern English probably akin to Middle English scut short, of unknown origin.
Origin of scutShort for scutwork
(third-person singular simple present scuts, present participle scutting, simple past and past participle scut)
- To scamper off
From Old Norse skutr (“stern").
Probably an alteration of scout (obsolete sense), itself from Middle English
- Distasteful work; drudgery.
- (slang, medicine) Some menial, common unfinished task left for medical students, or some clinically useful training.
From Middle English shoute, scoute, skoute, shute, schuit (=modern Dutch), scut - "flat-bottomed boat, barge; the master of a shoute; also, a sailor on a shoute."