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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.]
"The Voice: Heave a rope when we come alongside. [Then irritably.] Where are ye, ye scut?" Eugene O'Neill; Anna Christie; 1922.
This week's theme: insults.
A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. -Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)