Cuff definition

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(medicine) An inflatable band, usually wrapped around the upper arm, that is used along with a sphygmomanometer in measuring arterial blood pressure.
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The turned-up fold at the bottom of a trouser leg.
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To strike with or as if with the open hand; slap.
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Cuff is defined as to put bands around the wrist, or to fight or slap.

An example of cuff is for a police officer to put metal handcuffs around a criminal's wrists.

An example of cuff is to beat someone up.

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A fold used as trimming at the bottom of a sleeve.
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A band, often having an opening with a button closure, at the bottom of a sleeve.
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A blow or slap with the open hand.
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Any of various bandlike or folded parts, as of a shoe or golf bag: esp., the inflatable arm wrap of a sphygmomanometer.
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To put a cuff or cuffs on.
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To strike, esp. with the open hand; slap.
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To fight or scuffle.
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A slap or blow.
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A bandlike structure encircling a part.
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An inflatable band, usually wrapped around the upper arm, that is used along with a sphygmomanometer in measuring arterial blood pressure.
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The end of a shirt sleeve that covers the wrist.
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The end of a pants leg, folded up.
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To furnish with cuffs.
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To hit, as a reproach, particularly with the open palm to the head; to slap.
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(intransitive) To fight; to scuffle; to box.
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To buffet.
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A blow, especially with the open hand; a box; a slap.
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The definition of a cuff is a fold or band at the end of a sleeve, or something that is wrapped around the wrist for constraint, or a slap.

An example of a cuff is the close-fitting end of a sweater sleeve.

An example of a cuff is a metal circle that goes around a criminal's wrist.

An example of a cuff is a hitting of someone's face.

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The band at the top of a sock.
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The part of a glove that extends over the wrist.
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A bracelet consisting of a curved, open-ended band, as of metal or resin, that fits the wrist firmly without a clasp.
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A handcuff.
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To form a cuff or cuffs on.
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To put handcuffs on.
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A band or fold at the end of a sleeve, either sewn in or detachable.
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A turned-up fold at the bottom of a trouser leg.
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The part of a glove covering the wrist or forearm.
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A handcuff.
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off the cuff
  • In an extemporaneous or informal manner.
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on the cuff
  • On credit.
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off the cuff
  • in an offhand manner; extemporaneously
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on the cuff
  • on credit
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shoot one's cuffs
  • to flex the elbow or wrist so as to expose one's shirt cuffs beyond the coat sleeves
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cuff
Plural:
cuffs

Origin of cuff

  • Middle English cuffe mitten

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English cuffe, coffe (“glove, mitten”), of obscure origin. Perhaps from Old English cuffie (“hood, cap”), from Medieval Latin cofia, cofea, cuffa, cuphia (“helmet, headdress, hood, cap”), from Frankish *kuf(f)ja (“headdress”), from Proto-Germanic *kupjō (“cap”). Cognate with Middle High German kupfe (“cap”).

    From Wiktionary

  • 1520, “to hit”, apparently of North Germanic origin, from Norwegian kuffa (“to push, shove”) or Swedish kuffa (“to knock, thrust, strike”). Related to Low German kuffen (“to box the ears”), German kuffen (“to thrash”). Perhaps related also to Swedish skuffa (“to push, shove”). More at scuff, shove, scuffle.

    From Wiktionary