brute (n.) Look up brute at
1610s, from brute (adj.).
brute (adj.) Look up brute at
early 15c., "of or belonging to animals," from Middle French brut "coarse, brutal, raw, crude," from Latin brutus "heavy, dull, stupid," said to be an Oscan word, from PIE *gwruto-, suffixed form of root *gwere- (2) "heavy." Before reaching English the meaning expanded to "of the lower animals." Used of human beings from 1530s.