A pair of scissors cuts a piece of paper.
- The definition of cut is having been divided by a sharp object or having been reduced.
- An example of cut is a flower that has had its stem removed with scissors.
- An example of cut is a football team that has had three players removed by the coach.
- Cut is defined as the act or result of removing or dividing with a sharp object.
An example of cut is a slice in the finger from a piece of paper.
- Cut means to divide with a sharp instrument.
An example of cut is to use scissors to divide a piece of paper in half.
transitive verb, cut′ting
- denoting penetration or incision to make an opening in as with a sharp-edged instrument; pierce; incise; gash to pierce, hit sharply, constrict, etc. so as to hurt to hurt the feelings of to grow (a new tooth making its way through the gum)
- denoting separation, removal, or division to remove or divide into parts with a sharp-edged instrument; sever to carve (meat) to cause to fall by severing; fell; hew to mow or reap with a scythe, sickle, etc. to pass through or across; intersect; divide: the path cuts the meadow diagonally
- to divide (a pack of cards) at random so as to rearrange the pack after the dealer has shuffled or so as to show a card to determine the dealer, partners, etc.
- to select (a card) at random from a pack, as by cutting the deck
- denoting reduction
- to make less by or as by severing a part or parts; reduce, abridge, curtail, etc.: to cut salaries, cut a speech by ten minutes
- to remove as in an effort to make something shorter: to cut two scenes from a play
- denoting performance by incision, etc. to make, do, form, or decorate by or as by cutting; specif.,
- to make (an opening, clearing, channel, etc.) by incising, drilling, hacking, or excavating
- to engrave; inscribe
- to type or otherwise mark (a stencil) for mimeographing
- to trim cloth so as to form the parts for (a garment)
- to edit (film) by deleting some scenes and assembling others into a desired sequence
- to hit, drive, or throw (a ball) so that it spins
- to cause (a wheel) to turn sharply
- to make a recording of (a speech, music, etc.) on (a phonograph record)
- to shape (a diamond), as by sawing or grinding
- Informal to fill out: said of a bank check
Origin of cutMiddle English cutten, kytten from Late Old English an unverified form cyttan from Scandinavian base seen in Swedish dialect, dialectal , Icelandic kuta, to cut with a knife: the word replaced Old English ceorfan (see carve), snithan, scieran (see shear) as used in its basic senses
- to do the work of a sharp-edged instrument; pierce, sever, gash, etc.
- to do cutting; work as a cutter
- to take cutting; be severed, etc.: pine cuts easily
- to use an instrument that cuts
- to cause pain by or as by sharp, piercing, or lashing strokes: the wind cut through his thin clothes
- Informal to swing a bat, club, etc. at a ball
- to change direction suddenly, as while running
- to move swiftly
- to make a sudden change, as from one scene or character to another
- to end the filming or taping of a scene, as by shouting a command (cut!) or giving a sign
- that has been cut
- made, formed, or decorated by cutting
- reduced; lessened
- Slang having a trim, athletic physique with well-defined muscles
- Bot. having an indented edge; incised, as some leaves or petals
- a cutting or being cut
- a stroke or blow with a sharp-edged instrument, whip, etc.
- Informal a swing taken at a ball
- spin imparted to a ball, as by hitting the lower side of it
- an opening, incision, wound, etc. made by a sharp-edged instrument
- the omission of a part
- the part omitted
- a piece or part cut off or out; specif.,
- any of the segments of the carcass of a meat animal
- a slice from such a segment
- the edge or outline of something cut
- the amount cut, as of timber
- a reduction; lessening; decrease
- a passage or channel cut or dug out or worn away
- the style in which a thing is cut; fashion; form: a stylish cut
- an act, remark, etc. that hurts one's feelings
- a block or plate engraved for printing, or the impression made from it
- a printed picture, as in a newspaper, book, etc.
Origin of cut< ? Welsh cwt, lot one of the bits of straw, stick, paper, etc. used in drawing lots to decide something
- Informal the act of snubbing or ignoring
- Informal an unauthorized absence from school, etc.
- Informal a share, as of profits or loot
- Informal a band (noun) on a phonograph record
- a sudden change from one image to another
- an assembled version of a movie: a rough cut, final cut, etc.
a cut above
cut a dealSlang
cut a figure
- to attract attention
- to make a (specified kind of) showing or impression
cut and dried
- prepared or arranged beforehand; routine
- lifeless; dull; boring
cut and run
Origin of cutfrom the earlier naval phrase meaning “to cut the anchor cable and set sail immediately”
- to make shorter by cutting off the end
- to reduce, decrease, or discontinue (production, personnel, etc.)
- to go back to earlier narrative events, as in a novel or film
- to change direction suddenly, as in football
- to cause to fall by cutting; fell
- to kill, as by shooting
- to reduce; lessen
- Informal to humiliate, humble, etc. by criticizing sharply
cut down to size
- to move in suddenly, as into a small opening in a lane of traffic
- to move into another's place: don't cut in linealso cut into
- to join in suddenly; break in on; interrupt
- to interrupt a couple dancing in order to dance with one of them
- to blend (shortening) into flour, etc. as with a knife
- to put or bring in; introduce
- to make a connection, as into an electrical circuit
- Informal to give a share to
cut it fineInformal
- to make exact calculations
- to make exact distinctions
cut it out
cut no ice
- to separate from other parts by cutting; sever
- to stop abruptly
- to shut off
- to break in on; interrupt
- to intercept
- to disinherit
- to remove by cutting
- to leave or take out; remove; omit; eliminate
- Informal to eliminate and take the place of (a rival)
- to make or form by or as by cutting
- Informal to stop running: said of an engine
- Informal to discontinue; stop
- Informal fit or suited by nature: not cut out for academia
- Slang to leave abruptly
cut one's teeth on
- to penetrate or go through by cutting
- to go straight through
cut to the chase
Origin of cut< cut, intransitive verb, with reference to a scene involving a chase, as in a crime filmInformal to go directly to the essential element, without further preliminaries, delay, etc.
- to cut into pieces
- to inflict cuts or lacerations on
- to criticize harshly
- to cause to be dejected or distressed
- Slang to clown, joke, etc. to attract attention
make the cutInformal
verbcut, cut·ting, cuts
- To penetrate with a sharp edge; strike a narrow opening in.
- To separate into parts with or as if with a sharp-edged instrument; sever: cut cloth with scissors.
- To sever the edges or ends of; shorten: cut one's hair.
- To mow, reap, or harvest: cut grain; cut grass.
- To fell by sawing; hew.
- To have (a new tooth) grow through the gums.
- a. To form or shape by severing or incising: a doll that was cut from paper.b. To form or shape by grinding: cut a diamond.
- a. To form by penetrating, probing, or digging: cut a trench.b. To exhibit the appearance or give the impression of: cuts a fine figure on the dance floor.
- a. To separate from a main body; detach: cut a limb from a tree.b. To separate from a group: cut a calf from a herd.c. To discharge from a group or number: had to cut six players from the team.
- To pass through or across; cross: a sailboat cutting the water.
- Games To divide (a deck of cards) into two parts, as in completing a shuffle or in exposing a card at random.
- To reduce the size, extent, or duration of; curtail or shorten: cut a payroll; cut a budget; cut the cooking time in half.
- a. To remove or delete: cut a line from a poem.b. Computers To remove (a segment) from a document or graphics file for storage in a buffer.
- To lessen the strength of; dilute: cut whiskey with water.
- To dissolve by breaking down the fat of: Soap cuts grease.
- To injure the feelings of; hurt keenly.
- To refuse to speak to or recognize; snub: cut me dead at the party.
- To fail to attend purposely: cut a class.
- Informal To cease; stop: cut the noise; cut an engine.
- Sports a. To strike (a ball) so that it spins in a reverse direction.b. To throw or hit (a ball) on a curving trajectory.
- a. To perform: cut a caper.b. To make out and issue: cut a check to cover travel expenses.
- To arrange or reach (an agreement).
- Slang To be able to manage; handle successfully: couldn't cut the long hours anymore.
- To stop filming (a movie scene).
- a. To record a performance on (a phonograph record or other medium).b. To make a recording of (a song, for example).
- To edit (a movie or audio recording).
- Vulgar Slang To expel (a discharge of intestinal gas).
- To injure (oneself) by penetrating the skin with a sharp object.
- To make an incision or a separation: Cut along the dotted line.
- To allow incision or severing: Butter cuts easily.
- To function as a sharp-edged instrument.
- a. To remove part of something, such as a text or film.b. Computers To remove a part of a document or graphics file and store it in a buffer.
- To grow through the gums. Used of teeth.
- To injure someone's feelings: a remark that cut without mercy.
- To change direction abruptly: Cut to the left at the next intersection.
- To go directly and often hastily: cut across a field.
- Games To divide a pack of cards into two parts, especially in order to make a chance decision or selection.
- To make an abrupt transition to another segment of film, video, or audio: cut from one shot to another.
- To be very astute and penetrating: an analysis that cuts deep.
- To inflict self-injury by penetrating the skin with a sharp object.
- The act of cutting.
- The result of cutting, especially an opening or wound made by a sharp edge.
- A part that has been cut from a main body: a cut of beef; a cut of cloth.
- A passage made by digging or probing.
- The elimination or removal of a part: a cut in a speech.
- A reduction: a cut in salary.
- Sports The remainder of contestants in a competition, especially in golf, after some have been eliminated: did very well but still missed the cut.
- The style in which a garment is cut: a suit of traditional cut.
- A haircut.
- Informal A portion of profits or earnings; a share.
- A wounding remark; an insult.
- An unexcused absence, as from school or a class.
- A step in a scale of value or quality; degree: a cut above the average.
- Printing a. An engraved block or plate.b. A print made from such a block.
- Sports a. A stroke that causes a ball to spin in a reverse direction.b. A curve in the trajectory of a ball or puck.
- Baseball A swing of a bat.
- Games The act of dividing a deck of cards into two parts, as before dealing.
- One of the objects used in drawing lots.
- A transition between segments of film, video, or audio.
- A movie at a given stage in its editing: approved the final cut for distribution.
- A single selection of music from a recording, especially a phonograph recording.
- Having the ends or edges cut: admired his newly cut hair.
- Having been cut or clipped off: cut grass that blew in the wind.
- Printing Having the page edge slit or trimmed. Used of a book.
- Ground to a specific shape: cut gemstones.
- Slang Circumcised. Used of a man or boy.
Origin of cutMiddle English cutten
(comparative more cut, superlative most cut)
- (participial adjective) Having been cut.
- (of a gem) Carved into a shape; not raw.
- (cricket, of a shot) Played with a horizontal bat to hit the ball backward of point.
- (bodybuilding) Having muscular definition in which individual groups of muscle fibers stand out among larger muscles.
- (informal) Circumcised.
- (Australia, New Zealand, slang) Emotionally hurt.
- Eliminated from consideration during a recruitment drive.
- Removed from a team roster.
- (slang, dated) drunk; tipsy
- (New Zealand) Intoxicated as a result of drugs or alcohol.
- An opening resulting from cutting.
- Look at this cut on my finger!
- The act of cutting.
- He made a fine cut with his sword.
- The result of cutting.
- a smooth or clear cut
- A notch, passage, or channel made by cutting or digging; a furrow; a groove.
- a cut for a railroad
- A share or portion.
- The lawyer took a cut of the profits.
- (cricket) A batsman's shot played with a swinging motion of the bat, to hit the ball backward of point.
- (cricket) Sideways movement of the ball through the air caused by a fast bowler imparting spin to the ball.
- The act or right of dividing a deck of playing cards.
- The player next to the dealer makes a cut by placing the bottom half on top.
- The manner or style a garment etc. is fashioned in.
- I like the cut of that suit.
- A slab, especially of meat.
- That’s our finest cut of meat.
- (fencing) An attack made with a chopping motion of the blade, landing with its edge or point.
- A deliberate snub, typically a refusal to return a bow or other acknowledgement of acquaintance.
- A definable part, such as an individual song, of a recording, particularly of commercial records, audio tapes, CDs, etc.
- The drummer on the last cut of their CD is not identified.
- (archaeology) A truncation, a context that represents a moment in time when other archaeological deposits were removed for the creation of some feature such as a ditch or pit.
- A haircut.
- (graph theory) the partition of a graph’s vertices into two subgroups
- A string of railway cars coupled together.
- An engraved block or plate; the impression from such an engraving.
- a book illustrated with fine cuts
- (slang, dated) The failure of a college officer or student to be present at any appointed exercise.
- A skein of yarn.
(third-person singular simple present cuts, present participle cutting, simple past and past participle cut)
- To incise, to cut into the surface of something.
- To perform an incision on, for example with a knife.
- To divide with a knife, scissors, or another sharp instrument.
- Would you please cut the cake?
- To form or shape by cutting.
- I have three diamonds to cut today.
- To wound with a knife.
- To deliver a stroke with a whip to.
- To wound or hurt deeply the sensibilities of; to pierce.
- Sarcasm cuts to the quick.
- To castrate or geld.
- to cut a horse
- To interfere, as a horse; to strike one foot against the opposite foot or ankle in using the legs.
- (intransitive) To admit of incision or severance; to yield to a cutting instrument.
- (social) To separate, remove, reject or reduce.
- To separate from prior association; to remove a portion of a recording during editing.
- Travis was cut from the team.
- To reduce, especially intentionally.
- They're going to cut salaries by fifteen percent.
- To absent oneself from (a class, an appointment, etc.).
- I cut fifth period to hang out with Angela.
- To ignore as a social snub.
- After the incident at the dinner party, people started to cut him on the street.
- To separate from prior association; to remove a portion of a recording during editing.
- (intransitive, film, audio, usually as imperative) To cease recording activities.
- After the actors read their lines, the director yelled "Cut!"
- (computing) To remove and place in memory for later use.
- Select the text, cut it, and then paste it in the other application.
- (intransitive) To enter a queue in the wrong place.
- One student kept trying to cut in front of the line.
- (intransitive) To intersect or cross in such a way as to divide in half or nearly so.
- This road cuts right through downtown.
- (cricket) To make the ball spin sideways by running one's fingers down the side of the ball while bowling it.
- (intransitive) To change direction suddenly.
- The football player cut to his left to evade a tackle.
- (intransitive) To divide a pack of playing cards into two.
- If you cut then I'll deal.
- (slang) To write.
- cut orders; cut a check
- (slang) To dilute a liquid, usually alcohol.
- The bartender cuts his beer to save money and now it's all watery.
- To exhibit (a quality).
- To stop or disengage.
- Cut the engines when the plane comes to a halt!
From Middle English cutten, kitten, kytten, ketten, ("to cut"; compare Scots kut, kit (“to cut”)), from Old English *cyttan (“to cut”), from Proto-Germanic *kutjaną, *kuttaną (“to cut”), of uncertain origin, perhaps related to Proto-Germanic *kwetwą ("meat, flesh"; > Old Norse Old Norse kvett (“meat”)). Akin to Middle Swedish kotta ("to cut or carve with a knife"; > Swedish dialectal 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”).