cutout

noun
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

verb

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

adjective

Definition of cut out (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from cutout

Noun

cutout adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for cutout

Synonyms: Verb

break, break down, conk (out), crash, die, fail, give out, stall

Antonyms: Verb

start (up)

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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

In the sitting room adjacent to the master bedroom, the Venetian plaster walls were hand-painted by Mark Giglio in a pattern inspired by Matisse’s cutouts. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "Inside an Upper East Side Home that Trades Stuffiness for Neon-Hued Glamour," 21 May 2018 In one ad, Braun carried cardboard cutouts of his opponents around his hometown of Jasper, where voters struggled to tell them apart. Eliza Collins, USA TODAY, "Blankenship is out and sucking up to Trump may not be enough: 4 takeaways from Tuesday’s primary," 9 May 2018 While Disick couldn’t make Cohen’s get-together, the WWHL team found a cardboard cutout to fill his spot. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Vanderpump Rules' Lala Kent Speaks Out After Jennifer Lawrence Jokingly Calls Her the C-Word," 6 Mar. 2018 The cover featured a close-up of British model of the moment Jean Shrimpton, with her face circumscribed by a Matisse-like pink cutout that vaguely suggested the curves of an astronaut’s helmet. Stephen Mooallem, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pop Goes Bazaar: A Look Back at the Magazine in the 1960s," 9 June 2017 Downstairs, a playful photography studio included cartoonish cutouts of Lady Bunny hairdos and giant earrings. Robert Fairer, Vogue, "Inside Marc Jacobs’s Fashion-Filled Wedding at the Grill," 9 Apr. 2019 Photos of people generally end up looking really goofy, with the person appearing as a paper cutout on top of whatever was behind them. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "RED Hydrogen One review: all hype," 29 Oct. 2018 One hundred cardboard cutouts of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stand outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, April 10, 2018. Time, "Twitter Has a Big Problem in Southeast Asia: Bots Before the Ballot in Malaysia and Beyond," 4 May 2018 The big cutout of me was a promotion for the fifth season of my reality show, Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, which ran on Fuse TV for six seasons. Big Freedia, WSJ, "The Queen of Bounce Music Shares Her Favorite Things," 25 Apr. 2018

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

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

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

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More Definitions for cutout

cutout

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cutout

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

cutout

noun
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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