There are 2 definitions of rut in English:

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Pronunciation: /rʌt
 
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noun

1A long deep track made by the repeated passage of the wheels of vehicles: a stretch of road made impassable by ruts, holes, or waterlogging
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  • This resulted in deep ruts and heavy vehicle tyre tracks leaving it looking like a ploughed field.
  • Trees have been removed and deep wheel ruts can be seen among the overgrown weeds.
  • It was winter and the delta was full when they found themselves on the notorious Swamp Road, a 25 km sticky, muddy and unpredictable mess of tracks and axle deep ruts.
Synonyms
wheel track, furrow, groove, track, trough, ditch, trench, gutter, gouge, crack, hollow, hole, pothole, cavity, crater
2A habit or pattern of behaviour that has become dull and unproductive but is hard to change: the EC was stuck in a rut and was losing its direction
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  • Some people in the chattering classes have characterised it as dull and in a rut but that is far from the truth.
  • I knew I had it in me to try harder but we were both stuck in a rut and using drugs.
  • At senior level, permanent staff who feel stuck in a rut often enter the contract market looking for a change in their job role and a better quality of life.
Synonyms
boring routine, humdrum existence, routine job, same old round, groove, grind, daily grind, treadmill, dead end, assembly line

Origin

late 16th century: probably from Old French rute (see route).

Derivatives

rutted

adjective
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  • Support for a total ban is almost universal among walkers, who have watched the green lanes deteriorate into muddy rutted tracks and blame irresponsible recreational vehicle users.
  • Neglected for several years, their two hundred meter gravel driveway had washed out to a rutted track that endangered the undercarriage of everything but the four-wheel drive they don't own.
  • Along rutted tracks winding between failed maize crops, one person after another held up open-fingered palms and said ‘chinja’ or change, the slogan of the opposition.

rutty

adjective (ruttier, ruttiest)
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  • The dust on the rutty overgrown road turned to muddy deep puddles as the rain set in and, on evenings when the skies cleared a little, killdeer and nighthawks could be heard once more.
  • The more we drive in the same rutty tracks, the deeper the ruts become and the more difficult it is to respond to situations or live our lives in a fresh and open way.
  • Wagons repeatedly broke down on the rutty roads, and men as well as horses were exhausted by the hardships of travel over the long distances.

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There are 2 definitions of rut in English:

rut2

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Pronunciation: /rʌt
 
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noun

An annual period of sexual activity in deer and some other mammals, during which the males fight each other for access to the females: a moose in rut
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  • Kidney mass thus increases in males from the stressful rut period in early winter to the summer months.
  • Her father had often warned her to stay clear of male animals in rut, for they were dangerous.
  • Guarding males are thought to forage less during the rut than do nonguarding males, possibly leading to greater fitness costs.

verb (ruts, rutted, rutting)

[no object] (often as adjective rutting) Back to top  
(Of a deer or other mammal) engage in the rut: a rutting stag
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  • Figure 3 shows mass change for bighorn rams 1 year and older in relation to the proportion of time spent in rutting activities during the rut from 2000-2002.
  • The sparring between bulls during rutting season can be extremely violent.
  • With only a couple of exceptions, rutting activity is finished or nearly so.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin rugitus, from rugire 'to roar'.

Derivatives

ruttish

adjective
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  • Sows that are ruttish will seek out the boar.

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