cuff

noun (1)
\ˈkəf \

Definition of cuff 

(Entry 1 of 4)

1 : something (such as a part of a sleeve or glove) encircling the wrist

2 : the turned-back hem of a trouser leg

3a : 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

off the cuff

: without preparation : ad lib speaking off the cuff

on the cuff

: on credit transacting business on the cuff

cuff

verb (1)
cuffed; cuffing; cuffs

Definition of cuff (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish with a cuff

2 : handcuff

cuff

verb (2)
cuffed; cuffing; cuffs

Definition of cuff (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

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

cuff

noun (2)

Definition of cuff (Entry 4 of 4)

: a blow with the hand especially when open : slap

Other Words from cuff

Noun (1)

cuffless \ˈkəf-​ləs \ adjective

First Known Use of cuff

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

History and Etymology for cuff

Noun (1)

Middle English coffe, cuffe mitten

Verb (2)

perhaps from obsolete English, glove, from Middle English

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cuff

noun
\ˈkəf \

Kids Definition of cuff

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a band or turned-over piece at the end of a sleeve

2 : the turned-back hem of a pant leg

cuff

verb
cuffed; cuffing

Kids Definition of cuff (Entry 2 of 3)

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

cuff

noun

Kids Definition of cuff (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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