(third-person singular simple present cuts up, present participle cutting up, simple past and past participle cut up)
- To cut into smaller pieces, parts, or sections.
- With a little practice, you can cut up a whole chicken yourself for frying.
- (informal) To lacerate; to wound by multiple lacerations; to injure or damage by cutting, or as if by cutting.
- The attackers cut him up pretty bad.
- (idiomatic) To distress mentally or emotionally.
- (idiomatic, dated) To severely criticize or censure; to subject to hostile criticism.
- The reviewer cut up the book mercilessly.
- (intransitive, idiomatic) To behave like a clown or jokester (a cut-up); to misbehave; to act in a playful, comical, boisterous, or unruly manner to elicit laughter, attention, etc.
- We need to talk about Johnny's tendency to cut up in class.
- (idiomatic, UK) To move aggressively in front of another vehicle while driving. US: cut off.
- (slang, dated) To divide into portions well or badly; to have the property left at one's death turn out well or poorly when divided among heirs, legatees, etc.
- cutup, cut-up
(comparative more cut up, superlative most cut up)
- Having been cut into smaller pieces.
- Put the cut up vegetables in the pot.
- Wounded with multiple lacerations.
- He is cut up pretty bad.
- (idiomatic) Emotionally upset; mentally distressed.
- She was seriously cut up over her dog disappearing.
- (informal) Muscular and lean.
- I go to the gym to get stronger and cut up.
- Alternative spelling of cutup.