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



    BrE BrE//bruːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bruːt//
    Describing unpleasant traits
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  1. 1(sometimes humorous) a man who treats people in an unkind, cruel way His father was a drunken brute. You've forgotten my birthday again, you brute! an ugly brute See related entries: Describing unpleasant traits
  2. 2a large strong animal
  3. 3a thing which is awkward and unpleasant
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (as an adjective): from Old French brut(e), from Latin brutus ‘dull, stupid’.
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