• To close, to stop from being open.
  • To close, to stop being open.
  • To close a business temporarily, or (of a business) to be closed.
  • To confine in an enclosed area.
  • To catch or snag in the act of shutting something.
  • To preclude; to exclude; to bar out.




  • From Middle English shutten, shetten, from Old English scyttan ("to cause rapid movement, shoot a bolt, shut, bolt, shut to, discharge a debt, pay off"), from Proto-Germanic *skutjaną, *skuttijaną, from Proto-Germanic *skuttą, *skuttjō, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kewd- ("to drive, fall upon, rush"). Cognate with Dutch schutten ("to shut in, lock up"), Low German schütten ("to shut, lock in"), German schützen ("to shut out, dam, protect, guard").
  • Variation of chute or shute (archaic, related to shoot) from Old English scēotan.

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