(third-person singular simple present scrutinies, present participle scrutinying, simple past and past participle scrutinied)
- (obsolete, rare) To scrutinize.
From Middle English scrutiny, from Medieval Latin scrÅ«tinium (“a search, an inquiry"), from Vulgar Latin scrÅ«tÄrÄ« (“to search or examine thoroughly"), of uncertain origin. Possibly from Late Latin scrÅ«ta (“rubbish, broken trash"); or of Germanic origin, related to Old English scrÅ«tnung (“examination, investigation, inquiry, search"), from Old English scrÅ«tnian, scrÅ«dnian (“to examine carefully, scrutinize, consider, investigate"), from Proto-Germanic *skrudÅnÄ…, *skruÃ¾ÅnÄ… (“to search, examine"), from Proto-Germanic *skrud-, *skruÃ¾- (“to cut"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kreut- (“to cut"). Compare Old High German skrodÅn, scrutÅn, scrutilÅn (“to research, explore"), Old High German scrod (“a search, scrutiny"), Gothic [script?] (andhruskan, “to investigate, explore"), Old English scrÄ“adian (“to shred, cut up, cut off, peel, pare, prune"). More at shred.