Mutton Mut"ton, n. [OE. motoun, OF. moton, molton, a sheep, wether, F. mouton, LL. multo, by transposition of l fr. L. mutilus mutilated. See {Mutilate}.] 1. A sheep. [Obs.] --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

Not so much ground as will feed a mutton. --Sir H. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

Muttons, beeves, and porkers are good old words for the living quadrupeds. --Hallam. [1913 Webster]

2. The flesh of a sheep. [1913 Webster]

The fat of roasted mutton or beef. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

3. A loose woman; a prostitute. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

{Mutton bird} (Zo["o]l.), the Australian short-tailed petrel ({Nectris brevicaudus}).

{Mutton chop}, a rib of mutton for broiling, with the end of the bone at the smaller part chopped off.

{Mutton fish} (Zo["o]l.), the American eelpout. See {Eelpout}.

{Mutton fist}, a big brawny fist or hand. [Colloq.] --Dryden.

{Mutton monger}, a pimp. [Low & Obs.] --Chapman.

{To return to one's muttons}. [A translation of a phrase from a farce by De Brueys, revenons [`a] nos moutons let us return to our sheep.] To return to one's topic, subject of discussion, etc. [Humorous] [1913 Webster]

I willingly return to my muttons. --H. R. Haweis. [1913 Webster]

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  • mutton — (n.) flesh of sheep used as food, late 13c., from O.Fr. moton mutton; ram, wether, sheep (12c., Mod.Fr. mouton), from M.L. multonem (8c.), probably from Gallo Romance *multo s, accusative of Celtic *multo sheep (Cf. O.Ir. molt wether, Mid Breton… …   Etymology dictionary

  • mutton — ► NOUN ▪ the flesh of mature sheep used as food. ● mutton dressed as lamb Cf. ↑mutton dressed as lamb ORIGIN Old French moton, from Latin multo, probably of Celtic origin …   English terms dictionary

  • mutton — [mut′ n] n. [ME moton < OFr, a ram < ML * multo, sheep, of Celt orig. as in Welsh mollt, Ir molt] 1. the flesh of a sheep, esp. a grown sheep, used as food 2. Rare a sheep muttony adj …   English World dictionary

  • mutton — n. 1 the flesh of sheep used for food. 2 joc. a sheep. Phrases and idioms: mutton bird Austral. 1 any bird of the genus Puffinus, esp. the short tailed shearwater, P. tenuirostris. 2 any of various petrels. mutton chop 1 a piece of mutton, usu.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • mutton —    a person viewed sexually by another    The common meat1 imagery:     The duke... would eat mutton on Fridays. He s now past it. (Shakespeare, Measure for Measure) A mutton was a prostitute, and a mutton monger was a profligate male,… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • mutton — [[t]mʌ̱t(ə)n[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT Mutton is meat from an adult sheep that is eaten as food. ...a leg of mutton. ...mutton stew. 2) PHRASE: usu v link PHR (disapproval) If you describe a woman as mutton dressed as lamb, you are criticizing her for… …   English dictionary

  • Mutton — Recorded as Motton, Mouton, Mutton and Mitton, this is an Anglo French surname, but with at least two distinct origins. Firstly, it may be of pre 10th century Old French origin, and an occupational name for a shepherd. The derivation being from… …   Surnames reference

  • mutton — Эм, Круглая (Em space, Mutton, Quad)     Ширина самой широкой прописной буквы латинского алфавита «М». Традиционно считается, что она равна кеглю [высота шрифта, размер] шрифта, то есть в шрифте кегля 10 эм равна 10 пунктам [единица измерения… …   Шрифтовая терминология

  • mutton — noun Etymology: Middle English motoun, mutton, sheep, from Anglo French mutun ram, sheep, mutton, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish molt wether Date: 13th century the flesh of a mature sheep used for food • muttony adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mutton — Synonyms and related words: agneau, bellwether, breast of lamb, ewe, ewe lamb, gigot, jambe de mouton, jumbuck, lamb, lambkin, leg of lamb, leg of mutton, mouton, ram, saddle of mutton, sheep, teg, tup, wether, yeanling …   Moby Thesaurus

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