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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