To tut is to express your feelings of irritation or displeasure. You might tut quietly at your friend's badly behaved dog.

Since the 1520s, tut and tut-tut have been used as interjections to express contempt or impatience; and to make such a disapproving sound is to tut. Your substitute teacher might say, "Tut, class, I'm not happy with all the noise you're making," and your piano teacher might tut a bit when you confess that you didn't practice at all this week.

Definitions of tut

v utter `tsk,' `tut,' or `tut-tut,' as in disapproval

tsk, tut-tut
Type of:
emit, let loose, let out, utter
express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

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