cut·​out | \ ˈkət-ˌau̇t \

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


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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Other Words from cutout


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


a cardboard cutout of a famous actor


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

The 48-year-old actress took a strutted her stuff down the runway in Paris wearing a long navy trench coat over a emerald and sequin leopard print gown with a small cutout at the waist. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Uma Thurman Walks the Runway at Miu Miu's Resort 2019 Fashion Show," 3 July 2018 Of the city's more than 37,000 street corners, less than half have a curb cutout as of 2012, according to a Portland Bureau of Transportation webpage. Gordon R. Friedman,, "Portland to settle with wheelchair users for $113 million in sidewalk fixes," 10 May 2018 The 22-year-old Call Me By Your Name star, who is nominated for Best Actor, stunned at the pre-award show red carpet sporting an all-white tuxedo, and Flender kept it chic in all-black gown with a midriff cutout. Eileen Reslen, Marie Claire, "Timothée Chalamet Brings Mom Nicole Flender as His Date to 2018 Oscars," 5 Mar. 2018 Life-size cutouts of the royal couple marked the roped-off check-in point, and were a popular first stop for selfies and social media. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "#HoustonStrong, rose gold, and the royal wedding rule 2018 Bridal Extravaganza Show," 8 Jan. 2018 While Sandra wore a plunging ruby red dress with jeweled cutouts on the waist and sleeves, her mother opted for a pink and white hanbok, a traditional Korean dress. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sandra Oh Brought Her Parents to the Emmys and Twitter Is Obsessed," 17 Sep. 2018 The black, floor length dress featured exaggerated shoulder pads, as well as tasteful cutouts on each side. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Julia Roberts Made a Statement on the Toronto Film Festival Red Carpet," 9 Sep. 2018 There are cardboard cutouts of Meghan and Harry in every shop window, virtually., "Royal wedding guests pour into Windsor Castle ahead of nuptials watched 'round the world," 19 May 2018 With a cutout on her right side, her bra-line was slightly visible from underneath as well. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Bella Thorne Wears See-Through Pink Turtleneck," 21 Mar. 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


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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English Language Learners Definition of cutout

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


cut·​out | \ ˈkət-ˌau̇t \

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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