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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
pissed as a newt/pissed out of your head (=extremely drunk)
▪ She glared at the glass with the newt in it.
▪ That evening Lavender went to the bottom of the garden determined to catch a newt.
▪ The newt was still squirming in the tall glass of water.
▪ The big rubber newt probably was checked out at Inflato Rentals.
▪ The living amphibians that give the best impression of the appearance of the early ones are the salamanders and newts.
▪ The pond is a breeding ground for the greater crested newt.
▪ The spiny newt protects itself by squirting poison into the mouths of predators.
▪ There was a muddy pond at the bottom of Lavender's garden and this was the home of a colony of newts.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Newt \Newt\, n. [OE. ewt, evete, AS. efete, with n prefixed, an ewt being understood as a newt. Cf. Eft.] (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of small aquatic salamanders. The common British species are the crested newt ( Triton cristatus) and the smooth newt ( Lophinus punctatus). In America, Diemictylus viridescens is one of the most abundant species.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., misdivision of an ewte (see N for other examples), from Middle English evete (see eft). "Eft, though now only provincial, is strictly the correct form" [Century Dictionary].


n. A small lizard-like amphibian in the family Salamandridae that lives in the water as an adult.


n. small usually bright-colored semiaquatic salamanders of North America and Europe and northern Asia [syn: triton]

Newt (disambiguation)

A newt is an aquatic animal.

Newt may also refer to:

Newt (programming library)

Newt is a programming library for color text mode, widget-based user interfaces. Newt can be used to add stacked windows, entry widgets, checkboxes, radio buttons, labels, plain text fields, scrollbars, etc., to text user interfaces. This package also contains the shared library needed by programs built with newt, as well as an application whiptail, which provides the most commonly used features of dialog. Newt is based on the slang library. It abbreviates from Not Erik's Windowing Toolkit.

Newt (Hollyoaks)

Barry "Newt" Newton is a fictional character from the British Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, played by Nico Mirallegro. He debuted on-screen during the episode airing on 22 October 2007. He was introduced as the serial's first emo character and as the foster son of Jack and Frankie Osborne. During the character's duration he was involved in notable storylines including schizophrenia, a suicide pact and living in foster care. In 2010 Mirallegro quit the serial to pursue other projects. Newt left the village on 25 June 2010.


A newt is a semiaquatic amphibian of the family Salamandridae, although not all aquatic salamanders are considered newts. Newts are classified as a part of the salamandrid subfamily Pleurodelinae, and can be found in North America, Europe and Asia.

Newts metamorphose through three distinct developmental life stages: aquatic larva, terrestrial juvenile (called an eft), and adult. Adult newts have lizard-like bodies and may be either fully aquatic, living permanently in the water, or semiaquatic, living terrestrially, but returning to the water every year to breed.

Newts are found across Europe, North America, Asia and Japan but a number of populations are threatened due to pollution or destruction of their breeding sites and terrestrial habitats.

Usage examples of "newt".

The limbs of the young Molt were very small, more like those of a newt or lizard than of a human baby.

Fink-Nottle, he supplied Miss Bassett with very full and complete information not only with respect to the common newt, but also the crested and palmated varieties.

Bernard used to get pissed as a newt drinking holy schnaps in the snow.

He was entirely alone in the newt section where the great Japanese newt, the American hellbender, Andrias Scheuchzeri and a number of small amphibians, axolotls, eels, reptiles and frogs were exhibited.

There are some unusual circumstances to be considered here: Andrias Scheuchzeri is the only species of newt living in the sea and--even more remarkable--the only newt to be found in the area from Ethiopia to Australasia, the Lemuria of ancient myths.

An animal similar to a lizard, but without scales and walking on its hind legs like a man: it could only be Andrias Scheuchzeri, or another newt closely related to it.

Lemurians have a fanatical hatred for the Atlantian newts and see them as imperialists, western devils, and corruptors of the ancient purity of newtdom.

He was so manifestly a bird who, having failed to score in the first chukker, would turn the thing up and spend the rest of his life brooding over his newts and growing long grey whiskers, like one of those chaps you read about in novels, who live in the great white house you can just see over there through the trees and shut themselves off from the world and have pained faces.

It was not likely that someone somewhere in the world would acknowledge this cultural debt and found a chair in Czech and Czechoslovak literature at one of the newt universities.

Czech for newts was published, complete with illustrations of Czechoslovak handwriting styles.

You have not been through the experience of starting to ask the girl you love to marry you and then suddenly finding yourself talking about the plumlike external gills of the newly-born newt.

The new Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, was talking tough and was quoted saying 20 task forces or subcommittees might investigate corruption in the Clinton White House, although he later backed off on the number 20.

With the help of armies of newts, new islands covering thirteen and a half acres were indeed laid down near the Somalian port of Mogadishu.

They rose over the church wall all together, like the Punch and Judy ghosts of remembered days, and there were otters and nightingales and vulgar crows and hares and serpents and falcons and fishes and goats and dogs and dainty unicorns and newts and solitary wasps and goat-moth caterpillars and corkindrills and volcanoes and mighty trees and patient stones.

Newt grabbed the weapon in his forepaws, although the weight of the sword almost bore the faerie dragon to the earth.