Definition of tut-tut in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌtətˈtət/
(also tut)


Expressing disapproval or annoyance: tut-tut, Robin, you disappoint me
More example sentences
  • I also notice that she's dissing the Neanderthals… tut, tut!
  • We returned to Sam's car to find he had a £30 quid parking ticket… tut!
  • Sara attacked the vending machine till it gave her free stuff, among many other loutish behaviour… tut!


Such an exclamation: tut-tuts of disapproval
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  • Every interruption is rightly frowned upon by tennis aficionados who use ridiculous stage-whispered tut-tuts to make their point.
  • Mikey gave me a disapproving tut before he walked off to ask Murdock something.
  • Nobody complained, which seemed rather hypocritical when you think of the tuts and sighs a ringing mobile induces, and the frosty stares you get if you dare speak on one for more than a couple of minutes.

verb (tut-tuts, tut-tutting, tut-tutted)

[no object]
Make such an exclamation: Aunt Mary tut-tutted at all the goings-on
More example sentences
  • I see other people tutting and staring in the supermarket when he is throwing a tantrum.
  • Naturally, being British, I chose not to complain, but instead stood there quietly tutting, sighing, and looking despairingly from my watch to my fellow queuers.
  • The Germans were rolling their eyeballs and tutting in amazement.


Natural utterance (representing a reduplicated clicking sound made by the tongue against the teeth): first recorded in English in the early 16th century.

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Syllabification: tut-tut

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