Share this entry
newt Syllabification: newt
Pronunciation: /n(y)o͞ot/

Definition of newt in English:


Image of newt
A small, slender-bodied amphibian with lungs and a well-developed tail, typically spending its adult life on land and returning to water to breed.
  • Notophthalmus, Taricha, and other genera, family Salamandridae: numerous species, including the red-spotted newt (N. viridescens viridescens) of eastern North America and the rough-skinned newt (T. granulosa) of the Pacific coast from southern Alaska to northern California
Example sentences
  • Around 5,000 amphibian species, including frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders are thought to exist today.
  • A study by Conservation International, an American organisation, found that nearly a third of frogs, toads, newts and other amphibian species were likely to disappear within 100 years.
  • Some amphibians we know today include frogs, toads, newts and salamanders.


Late Middle English: from an ewt (ewt from Old English efeta: see eft), interpreted (by wrong division) as a newt.

  • Like nickname, the name of the newt is an example of the phenomenon known as ‘wrong division’ or ‘metanalysis’, whereby people came to attach the last letter of one word to the beginning of the next. Originally the animal was an ewt. Ewt was an Old English term for a newt, as was eft. See also adder, apron

Words that rhyme with newt

acute, argute, astute, beaut, Beirut, boot, bruit, brut, brute, Bute, butte, Canute, cheroot, chute, commute, compute, confute, coot, cute, depute, dilute, dispute, flute, galoot, hoot, impute, jute, loot, lute, minute, moot, outshoot, permute, pollute, pursuit, recruit, refute, repute, route, salute, Salyut, scoot, shoot, Shute, sloot, snoot, subacute, suit, telecommute, Tonton Macoute, toot, transmute, undershoot, uproot, Ute, volute
Definition of newt in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources