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

  • n. A sunken track or groove made by the passage of vehicles.
  • n. A fixed, usually boring routine.
  • transitive v. To furrow.
  • n. An annually recurring condition or period of sexual excitement and reproductive activity in male deer.
  • n. A condition or period of mammalian sexual activity, such as estrus.
  • intransitive v. To be in rut.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Sexual desire or oestrus of cattle, and various other mammals
  • v. to be in the annual rut
  • v. to have sexual intercourse
  • n. A furrow, groove, or track worn in the ground, as from the passage of many wheels along a road
  • n. A fixed routine, procedure, line of conduct, thought or feeling (See also rutter)
  • n. A dull routine
  • v. To make a furrow

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Sexual desire or œstrus of deer, cattle, and various other mammals; heat; also, the period during which the œstrus exists.
  • n. Roaring, as of waves breaking upon the shore; rote. See Rote.
  • n. A track worn by a wheel or by habitual passage of anything; a groove in which anything runs. Also used figuratively.
  • intransitive v. To have a strong sexual impulse at the reproductive period; -- said of deer, cattle, etc.
  • transitive v. To cover in copulation.
  • transitive v. To make a rut or ruts in; -- chiefly used as a past participle or a participial adj..

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mark with or as with ruts; trace furrows in; also, to wrinkle: as, to rut the earth with a spade, or with cart-wheels.
  • To be in heat; desire copulation.
  • To copulate with.
  • An obsolete or dialectal form of rout.
  • n. A narrow track worn or cut in the ground; especially, the hollow track made by a wheel in passing over the ground.
  • n. A wrinkle.
  • n. Any beaten path or mode of procedure; an established habit or course.
  • n. A roaring noise; uproar.
  • n. The noise made by deer at the time of sexual excitement; hence, the periodical sexual excitement or heat of animals; the period of heat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. applies to nonhuman mammals: a state or period of heightened sexual arousal and activity
  • n. a groove or furrow (especially one in soft earth caused by wheels)
  • n. a settled and monotonous routine that is hard to escape
  • v. be in a state of sexual excitement; of male mammals
  • v. hollow out in the form of a furrow or groove


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

Possibly alteration of route.
Middle English rutte, from Old French rut, from Vulgar Latin *rūgitus, from *rūgere, to roar, from Latin rūgīre, to roar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old French ‘noise, roar, bellowing’, from Latin rugitus, from rugire ‘to roar’

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

16th century. Probably from French route ‘road’


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