cut·​out | \ ˈkət-ˌau̇t How to pronounce cutout (audio) \

Definition of cutout

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : something cut out or off from something else also : the space or hole left after cutting
2 : one that cuts out
3 : an intermediary in a clandestine operation
4 : a record album no longer in production that is sold at a discount

cut out

cut out; cutting out; cuts out

Definition of cut out (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to form by erosion
2 : to determine or assign through necessity you've got your work cut out for you
3 : to take the place of : supplant
4 : to put an end to : desist from cut out wasteful spending
5 : deprive, defraud cut him out of his share
6a : to remove from a series or circuit : disconnect cut out a car from a train
b : to make inoperative

intransitive verb

1 : to depart in haste
2 : to cease operating
3 : to swerve out of a traffic line

cut out


Definition of cut out (Entry 3 of 3)

: naturally fitted or suited not cut out to be a vet

Other Words from cutout


cutout adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for cutout

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of cutout in a Sentence

Noun a cardboard cutout of a famous actor Verb the engine abruptly cut out now cut that out, or I'm turning this car around!
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The long cutout Alice and Olivia dress just so happens to come in the unofficial color of the season: green. Daisy Maldonado, SELF, 14 July 2022 In the pictures, she is seen posing on a couch while wearing an inky black PVC dress featuring a keyhole chest cutout, a thigh-high leg slit, and a frilly boa trim at the end of the sleeves. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 July 2022 Sabrina wore a bright white midi dress with a strapless bandeau top, a column-style skirt, and a deep, deep cutout that dipped dangerously into her lower back. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 12 May 2022 Mini and — aspect ratio margins aside — is approximately the same size as the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max Standard models retain the notch while both iPhone 14 Pros have the polarizing new 'i-shaped' cutout. Gordon Kelly, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 The second one will be a circular cutout, similar to what’s available on most Android flagships. Chris Smith, BGR, 29 Apr. 2022 This bold cutout one-piece swimsuit by Esonlar comes in five solid colors and three patterns and is a steal at under $30. Jennifer Chan,, 21 Mar. 2022 Some practiced with cutout wooden rifles, while others drilled how to clear a building with live-fire automatic shotguns. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, 12 Feb. 2022 The normally tranquil student section was rocking cutout facial placards. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Even without Patterson, Kentucky’s defense has its work cut out for it. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 3 Nov. 2017 Then the lights cut out, and everything fell into darkness. Sheri Fink, New York Times, 15 Oct. 2017 And in preparation for Sunday evening's 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards, Vargas had her work cut out for her. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, 17 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of cutout


1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1645, in the meaning defined above

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29 Jul 2022

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“Cutout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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cut·​out | \ ˈkət-ˌau̇t How to pronounce cutout (audio) \

Kids Definition of cutout

: a shape or picture that is cut from some material (as cardboard or wood)


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