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

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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!
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Finally, Carey Mulligan, also nominated Best Actress for her role in Promising Young Woman, wore a shimmery gold Valentino Haute Couture gown with a cutout high on her midriff and Cartier High jewelry diamonds. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The 2021 Oscars Red Carpet Was All About the '90s Midriff," 26 Apr. 2021 Irma Wheeler brought a large cardboard cutout of her son’s face. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "A Dad Fights to Bring Back School Sports. His Son Moves On.," 23 Apr. 2021 Wilson inserts a life-sized cardboard cutout of himself into the frame, Shriner enlists a body double, and Bell taps out while leaving a balloon behind. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, "Weezer Play Hooky in New ‘Grapes of Wrath’ Video," 15 Apr. 2021 Sister Jean’s presence at Loyola games thus far this season has been limited to the cardboard cutout of her that was a fixture at the university’s Joseph J. Gentile Arena. Jeff Arnold, New York Times, "Sister Jean Gets Another Loyola N.C.A.A. Run," 16 Mar. 2021 Greene appears in front of a large cardboard cutout of Donald Trump, her right hand at his crotch. Alyson Cole, Fortune, "Breaking the glass slipper: Can Marjorie Taylor Greene succeed as ‘Trump in drag’?," 4 Mar. 2021 Officials aren’t clear where the first Fauci cutout came from. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "Biggest S.F. influencer of 2021? The cardboard Fauci at Moscone Center," 30 Apr. 2021 Gucci dress featured a corset-style top and the perfect waistline cutout. Sarah Boyd, Forbes, "The 5 Biggest Trends On The 2021 Oscars Red Carpet," 27 Apr. 2021 The little blue nub and vertical cutout below the L logo is a placeholder for a camera and more sensors. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Lexus LF-Z Concept Hints at Production EV for 2025," 30 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Even without Patterson, Kentucky’s defense has its work cut out for it. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky vs. Ole Miss: 3 keys and a prediction ahead of Saturday's game," 3 Nov. 2017 Then the lights cut out, and everything fell into darkness. Sheri Fink, New York Times, "After the Las Vegas Shooting, Concertgoers Became Medics," 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, "Emmy Awards 2017: Celebrity Aesthetician Joanna Vargas by the Numbers," 17 Sep. 2017

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

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18 May 2021

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“Cutout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cutout

: a shape or picture that is cut from a piece of paper, cardboard, etc.


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

Kids Definition of cutout

: a shape or picture that has been formed or removed with scissors, a knife, or a saw

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