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Etymology 1

From Old English *mōt, gemōt (meeting)

Pronunciation

Adjective

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Positive
moot

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. (UK, or Template loop detected: Template:context 2) Subject to discussion (originally at a moot); arguable, debatable, unsolved or impossible to solve.
    • 1770, Joseph Banks, The Endeavour Journal of Sir Joseph Banks, January 4, 1770 (published 1962),
      [] :indeed we were obligd to hawl off rather in a hurry for the wind freshning a little we found ourselves in a bay which it was a moot point whether or not we could get out of: []
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, Chapter 32,
      [T]he uncertain, unsettled condition of this science of Cetology is in the very vestibule attested by the fact, that in some quarters it still remains a moot point whether a whale be a fish.
  2. (North America) Having no practical impact or relevance.
    That point may make for a good discussion, but it is moot.
    • 2007, Paul Mankowski, "The Languages of Biblical Translation", Adoremus Bulletin, Vol. 13, No. 4,
      The question [whether certain poetry was present in the original Hebrew Psalms] in our own time is moot, since various considerations have made it certain that, of all the hazards presented by biblical translation, a dangerous excess of beauty is not one of them.
  3. (North America, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Being an exercise of thought; academic.
    Walter Crane and Lewis F. Day (1903) Moot Points: Friendly Disputes on Art and Industry Between Walter Crane and Lewis F. Day
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Noun

Singular
moot

Plural
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moot ({{{1}}})
  1. A moot court.
  2. A system of arbitration in many areas of Africa in which the primary goal is to settle a dispute and reintegrate adversaries into society rather than assess penalties.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A gathering of Rovers (18 - 26 year-old Scouts). Usually a camp lasting 2 weeks.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A social gathering of pagans, normally held in a public house.
  5. (historical) An assembly (usually for decision making in a locality).

Verb

Infinitive
to moot

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to moot (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To bring up as a subject for debate, to propose.
  2. To discuss or debate.
  3. (US) To make or declare irrelevant.
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Etymology 2

Origin unknown.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈmʊt/

Noun

Singular
moot

Plural
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moot ({{{1}}})
  1. (Australia) Vagina.

References

  • (2005) The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, vol. 2, p. 1320.

Dutch

Noun

moot m. (Plural: moten, diminutive: mootje)

  1. a thick slice of (usually) fish

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