There are 2 definitions of rut in English:

rut1

Syllabification: rut
Pronunciation: /rət
 
/

noun

  • 1A long deep track made by the repeated passage of the wheels of vehicles.
    More example sentences
    • 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
    furrow, groove, trough, ditch, hollow, pothole, crater
  • 2A habit or pattern of behavior that has become dull and unproductive but is hard to change: the administration was stuck in a rut and was losing its direction
    More example sentences
    • 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, habit, dead end

Derivatives

rutted

adjective
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

More definitions of rut

Definition of rut in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmālˌsträm
noun
a powerful whirlpool in the sea

There are 2 definitions of rut in English:

rut2

Syllabification: rut
Pronunciation: /
 
rət/

noun

(the rut)
  • An annual period of sexual activity in deer and some other mammals, during which the males fight each other for access to the females.
    More example sentences
    • 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, rutting, rutted)

[no object] (often as adjective rutting) Back to top  
  • Engage in rutting: a rutting stag
    More example sentences
    • 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.

Derivatives

ruttish

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

Origin

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

More definitions of rut

Definition of rut in: