moot
Pronunciation Adjective

moot

  1. (current in UK, rare in the US) 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.
    • 1903, Walter Crane and Lewis F. Day, Moot Points: Friendly Disputes on Art and Industry Between Walter Crane and Lewis F. Day
    • 2002, Colin Jones (historian), The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 477:
      The extent to which these Parisian radicals ‘represented’ the French people as a whole was very moot.
  2. (North America, chiefly, legal) Being an exercise of thought; academic.
  3. (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.
Synonyms Translations Translations Noun

moot (plural moots)

  1. A moot court.
    • The pleading used in courts and chancery called moots.
  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. (Scouting) A gathering of Rovers, usually in the form of a camp lasting 2 weeks.
  4. (paganism) A social gathering of pagans, normally held in a public house.
  5. (historical) An assembly (usually for decision-making in a locality). [from the 12th c.]
  6. (shipbuilding) A ring for gauging wooden pins.
Verb

moot (moots, present participle mooting; past and past participle mooted)

  1. To bring up as a subject for debate, to propose.
  2. To discuss or debate.
    • a problem which hardly has been mentioned, much less mooted, in this country
    • First a case is appointed to be mooted by certain young men, containing some doubtful controversy.
  3. (US) To make or declare irrelevant.
  4. To argue or plead in a supposed case.
    • 1641, Ben Jonson, Timber
      There is a difference between mooting and pleading; between fencing and fighting.
  5. (regional, obsolete) To talk or speak.
    'Tis no boot to moot again of it.
  6. (Scotland, Northern England) To say, utter, also insinuate.
    He could not moot the words.
Noun

moot (plural moots)

  1. (Scotland, Northern England) A whisper, or an insinuation, also gossip or rumors.
    Na, I haven't heard a moot of it.
    Haven't you heard the moot, mate? There are going to be layoffs. They are going to shit-can the lot of us.
  2. (Scotland, Northern England, rural) Talk.
    No, there's no moot of it on the streets.
    There's some moot of charges, but nothing concrete yet.
Translations Pronunciation Noun

moot (plural moots)

  1. (Australia) Vagina.
Noun

moot (plural moots)

  1. (West Country) The stump of a tree; the roots and bottom end of a felled tree.
Verb

moot (moots, present participle mooting; past and past participle mooted)

  1. (West Country) To take root and begin to grow.
  2. (West Country) To turn up soil or dig up roots, especially an animal with the snout.



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