cutout

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noun

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

cut out

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verb

cut out; cutting out; cuts out

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
6
a
: 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

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adjective

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

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 two of them sat in a crowd of mostly cardboard cutouts, with some fans scattered between the flat figures. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 10 Feb. 2024 The dongle features the same cutout as the mouse, to comfortably fit the USB-C end of the cable. PCMAG, 7 Feb. 2024 Behind a mirror, in a large cutout in the wall, were 10 firearms: seven pistols, an AR 15, an AR 15 pistol and a shotgun, according to the criminal complaint. Emerson Clarridge, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 6 Feb. 2024 He's appeared in several shorts, most famously as a teenager named Hugo, whose best friend and confidante is a cardboard cutout of Danny DeVito in Cardboard by Your Name (a play on words for the 2017 romantic drama Call Me By Your Name). Jessica Sager, Peoplemag, 1 Feb. 2024 In front of the Capitol building on Wednesday, a nonprofit critical of big tech displayed cardboard cutouts of Mr. Zuckerberg and Mr. Chew sitting atop a mountain of cash while clinking champagne glasses. David McCabe, New York Times, 1 Feb. 2024 True to form, the Skims mogul wore something sultry and body-hugging: a netted black slip dress covered in scores of circular cutouts, strategically placed to allow hints of skin to shine through. Hanna Lustig, Glamour, 26 Jan. 2024 The winner, which features a cutout of the statehouse atop a blue-yellow gradient, received over half of the 270,000 votes. Jenna Barackman, Kansas City Star, 29 Jan. 2024 An ecstatic tribal dance unfolds around a cutout of Lenin’s head—ancient and modern cults fused. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 29 Jan. 2024
Verb
People will tell you no or you’re not cut out for it, but your determination to complete your journey is paramount. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 The issue has become politicized, with some states looking to streamline access as conservative politicians elsewhere propose further restrictions, accusing schools of trying to indoctrinate students and cut out parents. Michael Elsen-Rooney, Fortune, 11 Feb. 2024 The categories this year (including Best New Artist, Song of the Year and Album of the Year) are absolutely stacked and voters have their work cut out for them. Staff Author, Peoplemag, 1 Feb. 2024 Thankfully, the glass holds, and Snow backs away unharmed as the short video cuts out. Travis Hall, Field & Stream, 31 Jan. 2024 Start by cutting out floral shapes from your paper napkins. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 31 Jan. 2024 The new leadership pair will have their work cut out for them on the offensive side of the ball. Mike Kaye, Charlotte Observer, 26 Jan. 2024 Kading writes in his book that Vegas police were cut out of the loop with the approval of LAPD chief legal counsel Gerald Chaleff and Chief Bill Bratton. John L. Smith, Rolling Stone, 25 Jan. 2024 Recent polling suggests the campaign has its work cut out for it. Jeff Stein, Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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

Adjective

1645, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cutout was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cutout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cutout. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

cutout

1 of 3 noun
cut·​out ˈkət-ˌau̇t How to pronounce cutout (audio)
: something cut out or off from something else
cutout adjective

cut out

2 of 3 verb
1
: to assign through necessity
you've got your work cut out for you
2
: to put an end to
now cut that out
3
: to come to a stop
the engines cut out

cut out

3 of 3 adjective
: naturally suited
not cut out for teaching
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