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caut ‎(third-person singular simple present cauteth, present participle cauting, simple past and past participle cauted)

  1. (obsolete, done by a panther) Emit a call in the manner of a panther.
    • 1688, Randle Holme, The Academy of Armory, or A Storehouse of Armory and Blazon, volume 2, page 134, column 2
      A Panther Cauteth, which word is taken from the sound of his voice.
  2. (obsolete) in figurative extension
    • 1722 May 2nd, Ebenezer Elliston, “The Laſt Speech and Dying Words of Ebenezer Elliſton” in Miſcellanies (ed. Jonathan Swift, pub. 1751, volume nine, fifth edition), pages 19–20
      If I have done Service to Men in what I have ſaid, I ſhall hope I have done Service to God; and that will be better than a ſilly Speech made for me, full of whining and cauting, which I utterly deſpiſe, and have never been uſed to; yet ſuch a one I expect to have my Ears tormented with, as I am paſſing along the Streets[.]


Old French[edit]


caut m ‎(feminine caude)

  1. (Picardy) Alternative form of chaut