moot

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English moot, mot, ȝemot, from Old English mōt, gemōt (moot, society, assembly, meeting, court, council, synod), from Proto-Germanic *mōtą (encounter, meeting, assembly), from Proto-Indo-European *mōd-, *mād- (to encounter, come). Cognate with Scots mut, mote (meeting, assembly), Low German Mööt (meeting), Moot (meeting), Danish møde (meeting), Swedish möte (meeting), Icelandic mót (meeting, tournament, meet). Related to meet.

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moot (comparative more moot, superlative most moot)

  1. (current in the 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.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, 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 law) 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
  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.
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moot (plural moots)

  1. A moot court.
    • Sir T. Elyot
      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 (18–26 year-old Scouts), 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.
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moot (third-person singular simple present moots, present participle mooting, simple past and past participle mooted)

  1. To bring up as a subject for debate, to propose.
  2. To discuss or debate.
    • Sir W. Hamilton
      a problem which hardly has been mentioned, much less mooted, in this country
    • Sir T. Elyot
      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.
    • Ben Jonson
      There is a difference between mooting and pleading; between fencing and fighting.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Origin unknown.

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moot (plural moots)

  1. (Australia) Vagina.

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  • 2005, The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, ISBN 041525938X, page vol. 2, p. 1320:

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moot m (plural moten, diminutive mootje n)

  1. a thick slice of (usually) fish

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