1

cuff

noun \ ˈkəf \

Definition of cuff

1 : something (such as a part of a sleeve or glove) encircling the wrist
2 : the turned-back hem of a trouser leg
3 a : handcuff usually used in plural
b : a usually wide metal band worn as a bracelet
4 : an inflatable band that is wrapped around an extremity to control the flow of blood through the part when recording blood pressure with a sphygmomanometer

cuffless

play \ˈkəf-ləs\ adjective
off the cuff
: without preparation : ad lib
  • speaking off the cuff
on the cuff
: on credit
  • transacting business on the cuff

Origin and Etymology of cuff

Middle English coffe, cuffe mitten


2

cuff

verb

Definition of cuff

1 : to furnish with a cuff
2 : handcuff

First Known Use of cuff

1693

in the meaning defined at sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

3

cuff

verb

Definition of cuff

: to strike especially with or as if with the palm of the hand : buffet

Origin and Etymology of cuff

perhaps from obsolete English, glove, from Middle English


4

cuff

noun

Definition of cuff

: a blow with the hand especially when open : slap

First Known Use of cuff

1570

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

CUFF Defined for Kids

1

cuff

noun \ ˈkəf \

Definition of cuff for Students

1 : a band or turned-over piece at the end of a sleeve
2 : the turned-back hem of a pant leg

2

cuff

verb

Definition of cuff for Students

cuffed; cuffing
: to strike especially with or as if with the palm of the hand : slap

3

cuff

noun

Definition of cuff for Students

: 2slap 1

Medical Dictionary

cuff

noun \ ˈkəf \

medical Definition of cuff

1 : an inflatable band that is wrapped around an extremity to control the flow of blood through the part when recording blood pressure with a sphygmomanometer
2 : an anatomical structure shaped like a cuff; especially : rotator cuff
  • repair of complete shoulder cuff avulsion
  • Physicians' Current Procedural Terminology


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cuff? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to seize or ascribe

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • spring-flowers
  • Which is a synonym of raillery?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!