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A.Word.A.Day--scut

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scut (skut) noun

A worthless, contemptible fellow. This term often appears in the form "scut work".

[Or uncertain origin, perhaps from scout.]

A short erect tail, especially of a hare, rabbit, or deer.

[Of unknown origin.]

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

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

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