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From Middle English cutten, kitten, kytten, ketten (to cut) (compare Scots kut, kit (to cut)), probably of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse *kytja, *kutta, from Proto-Germanic *kutjaną, *kuttaną (to cut), of uncertain origin, perhaps related to Proto-Germanic *kwetwą (meat, flesh) (compare Old Norse kvett (meat)). Akin to Middle Swedish kotta (to cut or carve with a knife) (compare dialectal Swedish kåta, kuta (to cut or chip with a knife), Swedish kuta, kytti (a knife)), Norwegian kutte (to cut), Icelandic kuta (to cut with a knife), Old Norse kuti (small knife), Norwegian kyttel, kytel, kjutul (pointed slip of wood used to strip bark).

Or less probably from Old French coutel (knife).

Displaced native Middle English snithen (from Old English snīþan; compare German schneiden), which still survives in some dialects as snithe.


From Proto-North Sarawak *likud, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *likud.


Borrowed from Middle English [Term?], from Old Northern French cot, cote (hut, cottage).