Definition of mutton in English:


Line breaks: mut¦ton
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌt(ə)n


[mass noun]
The flesh of fully grown sheep used as food: a leg of mutton
More example sentences
  • Beef, mutton, pork and venison were common meats, and communities close to the coast could expect to widen their diets with fish and shellfish.
  • The dinner would consist of roast beef, roast mutton, roast pork, and vegetables, plum puddings, Christmas cake, and tea, and would be served to about 1,200 poor people.
  • The document reveals that the bishop's menu would have included a range of meats, from mutton and beef to veal, geese, rabbit, duck and lamb.


Middle English: from Old French moton, from medieval Latin multo(n-), probably of Celtic origin; compare with Scottish Gaelic mult, Welsh mollt, and Breton maout.


(as) dead as mutton

Quite dead.
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  • Totally unsuccessful, because they are as dead as mutton.
  • He was as dead as mutton by the time I'd got him out of the little beggar's paws.
  • There have been numerous similar proverbial comparisons - dead as a mackerel, dead as mutton, dead as a herring, dead as stone - but this one, with its alliterative lilt, has survived longest.

mutton dressed as lamb

British informal , derogatory A middle-aged or old woman dressed in a style suitable for a much younger woman.
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  • He said: ‘You get to an age when you look like mutton dressed as lamb.’
  • Dress your age, the article exhorted, and while the writer went on to say there were no longer any rules, the models were brooding over issues such as when a perky little miniskirt became mutton dressed as lamb.
  • ‘She's far too old for that - she looks like mutton dressed as lamb,’ said one of my friends.



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  • Surrounded as it is by cool temperatures, the tail can be home to a substantial slab of fat with a texture somewhat like bacon, though of course with a muttony aroma.
  • Lamb karahi was cubes of lean almost muttony meat, tender but not invalid food soft, smothered in a rich red sauce.
  • The taste of fish has been left behind in the stock, leaving an intense, dry muttony meat thronged with fugitive flavours that escape identification.

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