Definition of Mutton

1. Noun. Meat from a mature domestic sheep.

Exact synonyms: Mouton
Group relationships: Domestic Sheep, Ovis Aries
Generic synonyms: Meat

Definition of Mutton

1. n. A sheep.

Definition of Mutton

1. Noun. The flesh of sheep used as food. ¹

2. Noun. (typography slang) Em, a unit of measurement equal to the height of the type in use. ¹

3. Adjective. (Cockney rhyming slang) deaf. ¹

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Definition of Mutton

1. the flesh of sheep used as food [n -S] : MUTTONY [adj]

Medical Definition of Mutton

1. 1. A sheep. "Not so much ground as will feed a mutton." (Sir H. Sidney) "Muttons, beeves, and porkers are good old words for the living quadrupeds." (Hallam) 2. The flesh of a sheep. "The fat of roasted mutton or beef." (Swift) 3. A loose woman; a prostitute. Mutton bird, the American eelpout. See Eelpout. Mutton fist, a big brawny fist or hand. Mutton monger, a pimp . 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. "I willingly return to my muttons." (H. R. Haweis) Origin: OE. Motoun, OF. Moton, molton, a sheep, wether, F. Mouton, LL. Multo, by transposition of l fr. L. Mutilus mutilated. See Mutilate. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mutton

mutter paneer
mutton-chop whiskers
mutton-fat keratic precipitates
mutton bird
mutton birds
mutton chop
mutton dressed as lamb
mutton flaps
mutton quad
mutton quads
mutton snapper
mutton tallow

Literary usage of Mutton

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1. A Parody Anthology by Carolyn Wells (1904)
"AFTER EMERSON mutton IF the fat butcher thinks he slays, Or he — the mutton ... To hungry wolves that on him leer mutton is cheap, and sheep the same, ..."

2. A New System of Domestic Cookery: Formed Upon Principles of Economy and by Maria Eliza Ketelby Rundell (1824)
"Choose a fine-grained leg of wether mutton, of twelve or fourteen pounds weight; ... mutton Collops. Take a loin of mutton that has been well hung; ..."

3. Productive Sheep Husbandry by Walter Castella Coffey (1918)
"Combining mutton and Wool.—Combining mutton and wool qualities became a problem after mutton attained importance. Obviously this problem did not arise at ..."

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