from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal Monotonous work or menial tasks that have to be done usually as part of a large complex job or project.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. tasks that are tedious and monotonous or trivial and menial, usually inherent in the operations of a larger project


From scut, worthless person, perhaps from scout2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Combination of scut (a worthless person) and work (Wiktionary)


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