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

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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 Apple is investigating removing the cutout at the top of the display for the selfie camera and Face ID sensors in future designs, and it’s likely to reduce that notch in size with this year’s models. Mark Gurman,, "Apple Plans iPad-Like Design for Next iPhone, Smaller HomePod," 5 May 2020 In a water tank, the scientists showed that a plastic cutout in the shape of the tail was better at generating propulsion than the tails of other dinosaurs. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "A Strange Dinosaur May Have Swum the Rivers of Africa," 29 Apr. 2020 Plus, cutouts in the foam hip belt relieve pressure and reduce the chance of bruising. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Backpacking Backpacks, Tested," 12 Mar. 2020 To complement the iPhone experience there are cutouts on the bottom for the Lightning port and speakers. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The Otter + Pop Figura cases for the iPhone 11 family mix form and function," 26 Dec. 2019 Some friends drove back to drop off gifts — Clorox wipes, an extra suitcase, a cutout poster of Wonder Woman. Krista Torralva,, "San Antonio nurse heads to coronavirus front lines in New York City," 13 Apr. 2020 Some sheds also have cutouts for racks and pegboards. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Six Tips for Choosing an Outdoor Storage Shed," 8 Apr. 2020 When cutout hearts in windows and chin-up messages scrawled in chalk still were enough to cheer us up and keep fear at bay. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Coronavirus social distancing holdouts put us all at risk. What part of ‘deadly pandemic’ don’t they get?," 4 Apr. 2020 The boxes filled with cardboard or wood cutouts that, when pieced together properly, form a picture have been around since the mid-1700s — and are often tied to the likes of children, retired dads, and my 85-year-old grandmother. Elizabeth Buxton,, "The Best Sites To Order Your Next Puzzle From," 2 Apr. 2020 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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19 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cutout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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