tut-tut


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tut-tut

(two t-like sounds produced by suction rather than plosion; conventional spelling pronunciation, tŭt′tŭt′)
intr.v. tut-tut·ted, tut-tut·ting, tut-tuts
To express annoyance, impatience, or mild reproof: "those fussy fellows at the State Department tut-tutting about lack of reform in the political system" (John Hughes).

[Imitative.]

tut-tut

(pronounced as alveolar clicks; spelling pron ˈtʌtˈtʌt)
interj
an exclamation of mild reprimand, disapproval, or surprise
vb, -tuts, -tutting or -tutted
(intr) to express disapproval by the exclamation of "tut-tut"
n
the act of tut-tutting
Often shortened to: tut

tut

(pronounced as an alveolar click; spelling pron. tʌt)

also tut-tut,



interj., n., v. tut•ted, tut•ting. interj.
1. (used as an exclamation of contempt, disdain, impatience, etc.)
2. for shame!
n.
3. an exclamation of “tut.”
v.i.
4. to utter the exclamation “tut.”
[1520–30]

tut-tut


Past participle: tut-tutted
Gerund: tut-tutting

Imperative
tut-tut
tut-tut
Present
I tut-tut
you tut-tut
he/she/it tut-tuts
we tut-tut
you tut-tut
they tut-tut
Preterite
I tut-tutted
you tut-tutted
he/she/it tut-tutted
we tut-tutted
you tut-tutted
they tut-tutted
Present Continuous
I am tut-tutting
you are tut-tutting
he/she/it is tut-tutting
we are tut-tutting
you are tut-tutting
they are tut-tutting
Present Perfect
I have tut-tutted
you have tut-tutted
he/she/it has tut-tutted
we have tut-tutted
you have tut-tutted
they have tut-tutted
Past Continuous
I was tut-tutting
you were tut-tutting
he/she/it was tut-tutting
we were tut-tutting
you were tut-tutting
they were tut-tutting
Past Perfect
I had tut-tutted
you had tut-tutted
he/she/it had tut-tutted
we had tut-tutted
you had tut-tutted
they had tut-tutted
Future
I will tut-tut
you will tut-tut
he/she/it will tut-tut
we will tut-tut
you will tut-tut
they will tut-tut
Future Perfect
I will have tut-tutted
you will have tut-tutted
he/she/it will have tut-tutted
we will have tut-tutted
you will have tut-tutted
they will have tut-tutted
Future Continuous
I will be tut-tutting
you will be tut-tutting
he/she/it will be tut-tutting
we will be tut-tutting
you will be tut-tutting
they will be tut-tutting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tut-tutting
you have been tut-tutting
he/she/it has been tut-tutting
we have been tut-tutting
you have been tut-tutting
they have been tut-tutting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tut-tutting
you will have been tut-tutting
he/she/it will have been tut-tutting
we will have been tut-tutting
you will have been tut-tutting
they will have been tut-tutting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tut-tutting
you had been tut-tutting
he/she/it had been tut-tutting
we had been tut-tutting
you had been tut-tutting
they had been tut-tutting
Conditional
I would tut-tut
you would tut-tut
he/she/it would tut-tut
we would tut-tut
you would tut-tut
they would tut-tut
Past Conditional
I would have tut-tutted
you would have tut-tutted
he/she/it would have tut-tutted
we would have tut-tutted
you would have tut-tutted
they would have tut-tutted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.tut-tut - utter `tsk,' `tut,' or `tut-tut,' as in disapproval
let loose, let out, utter, emit - express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words); "She let out a big heavy sigh"; "He uttered strange sounds that nobody could understand"
Translations

tut-tut

interj (in disapproval) → na, na, aber, aber
vi she tut-tutted in disapprovalna, na! or aber, aber!, sagte sie missbilligend
vt ideamissbilligen
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