cuff

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noun (1)

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 adjective

cuff

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verb (1)

cuffed; cuffing; cuffs

transitive verb

1
: to furnish with a cuff
2

cuff

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verb (2)

cuffed; cuffing; cuffs

transitive verb

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

cuff

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noun (2)

: a blow with the hand especially when open : slap
Phrases
off the cuff
: without preparation : ad lib
speaking off the cuff
on the cuff
: on credit
transacting business on the cuff

Examples of cuff in a Sentence

Noun (1) the mama cat would give her kittens a cuff with a paw whenever they played too rough Noun (2) the policeman snapped the cuffs on and led the prisoner away to the car
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
TikTok users say wearing the weighted wrist cuffs while walking or doing household chores can help tone your arms. Amber Sayer, Health, 8 July 2024 Readers today would be surprised by ads for the Skipper, in which a model wears the shirt with a necktie and appears to be buttoning the cuffs of his long sleeves. Gabe Bullard, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 July 2024
Verb
Brown, who appeared in court in a green jumpsuit with his legs shackled and hands cuffed, expressed remorse for his driving. Cassidy Jensen, Baltimore Sun, 28 June 2024 Springer wore a white Tyvek robe and blue slip-ons and stood with his hands cuffed, with a blue mask pulled down over his chin. John Annese, New York Daily News, 9 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for cuff 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English coffe, cuffe mitten

Verb (2)

perhaps from obsolete English, glove, from Middle English

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1522, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1530, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (2)

1570, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cuff was in 1522

Dictionary Entries Near cuff

Cite this Entry

“Cuff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cuff. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

cuff

1 of 3 noun
1
: a part of a sleeve or glove that goes around the wrist
2
: the turned-back hem of a trouser leg
3
: a band that is capable of being inflated and is wrapped around an arm or leg to control the flow of blood through the part when measuring blood pressure

cuff

2 of 3 verb
: to strike with or as if with the palm of the hand

cuff

3 of 3 noun
: a blow with the hand especially when open : slap

Medical Definition

cuff

noun
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

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