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



BrE BrE//njuːt//
; NAmE NAmE//nuːt//
Amphibians and reptiles
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  • a small animal with short legs, a long tail and cold blood, that lives both in water and on land (= is an amphibian) See related entries: Amphibians and reptiles
  • Word Originlate Middle English: from an ewt (ewt from Old English efeta, of unknown origin), interpreted (by wrong division) as a newt.Idioms (British English) very drunk
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: newt