Cut Definition

kŭt
cuts, cutting
verb
cuts, cutting
To do the work of a sharp-edged instrument; pierce, sever, gash, etc.
Webster's New World
To make an opening in as with a sharp-edged instrument; pierce; incise; gash.
Webster's New World
To pierce, hit sharply, constrict, etc. so as to hurt.
Webster's New World
To do cutting; work as a cutter.
Webster's New World
To sever the edges or ends of; shorten.
Cut one's hair.
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noun
cuts
A cutting or being cut.
Webster's New World
A stroke or blow with a sharp-edged instrument, whip, etc.
Webster's New World
An opening, incision, wound, etc. made by a sharp-edged instrument.
Webster's New World
A passage made by digging or probing.
American Heritage
A piece or part cut off or out.
Webster's New World
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adjective
That has been cut.
Webster's New World
Made, formed, or decorated by cutting.
Webster's New World
Having the page edge slit or trimmed. Used of a book.
American Heritage
Reduced; lessened.
Webster's New World
Having an indented edge; incised, as some leaves or petals.
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idiom
a cut above
  • One that is superior to another or others.
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cut a fat hog
  • To take on more than one is able to accomplish:
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cut and run
  • To leave an unsettled situation or abandon a risky enterprise.
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cut a wide swath
  • To make a big display; draw much attention.
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cut bait
  • To abandon an activity or enterprise.
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Other Word Forms of Cut

Noun

Singular:
cut
Plural:
cuts

Origin of Cut

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English cutten

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

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