Definition of chute noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ʃuːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃuːt//
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  1. 1a tube or passage down which people or things can slide a water chute (= at a swimming pool) a laundry/rubbish/garbage chute (= from the upper floors of a high building)
  2. 2(informal) = parachute
  3. Word Originsense 1 early 19th cent. (originally a North American usage): from French, ‘fall’ (of water or rocks), from Old French cheoite, feminine past participle of cheoir ‘to fall’, from Latin cadere; influenced by shoot.sense 2 1920s: shortened form.Extra examples He tossed the discarded wrapping down the chute. The rubbish goes down the chute into a large bin. a swimming pool with a long water chute
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