cut·​up | \ ˈkət-ˌəp How to pronounce cutup (audio) \

Definition of cutup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who clowns or acts boisterously

cut up

cut up; cutting up; cuts up

Definition of cut up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cut into parts or pieces
b : to injure or damage by or as if by cutting : gash, slash
2 : to subject to hostile criticism : censure

intransitive verb

1 : to undergo being cut up
2 : to behave in a comic, boisterous, or unruly manner : clown

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Examples of cutup in a Sentence

Noun In school he was always a cutup, telling jokes and acting silly. Verb high-spirited cousins who cut up at every family gathering
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The sound bytes were so entertaining that McCartney made a cutup of all of them. cleveland, "Case Keenum happy to have a front row seat for The Baker Mayfield Show: ‘There’s no telling what he can do’," 10 Jan. 2021 According to Granofsky, the Ravens have a fan cutup of him for current games. Mike Preston,, "Ravens fans hurt, but pride and optimism still intact with Chiefs coming to town | COMMENTARY," 26 Sep. 2020 Among other topics Day covered during a Wednesday teleconference: • Day said his typical day begins with watching film, whether that is cutups from the three spring practices, watching NFL teams or studying one of OSU’s 2020 opponents. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football coach Ryan Day on Crock Pot chili, “Tiger King” and being on call during shutdown," 25 Mar. 2020 Once the cutup in all those pictures, Sandi now kept her arms pinned to her sides., "NEXT:," 24 Sep. 2019 There are video cutups of him training in the sand, going through his steps. Rainer Sabin |, al, "Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy’s best skill? Running routes, of course," 5 Sep. 2019 Shanahan tasked McVay with binding playbooks, making copies, scribbling out play sheets and organizing cutups of opposing defenses. Greg Bishop,, "The Forgettable Years of a Coaching Staff to Remember," 23 Aug. 2019 Gillespie, a notorious cutup, stuck his tongue out just as the camera’s shutter came down. Marc Myers, WSJ, "A Great Day in Harlem, Revisited," 2 Nov. 2018 Her name was Dorothy (née Driscoll), a notorious cutup, Irish and German, in contrast to his father, a serious Catholic of German-Bohemian background. Mark Rozzo, Vanities, "Ed Ruscha Still Has Plenty More to Say About America," 30 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Residents there are using chainsaws to cut up trees in the road. Carol Robinson |, al, "Alabama storms kill at least 5 people, injure many, damage buildings: ‘It was horrible’," 26 Mar. 2021 Some of the cases have been particularly brutal: In February 2020, 25-year-old Ingrid Escamilla was stabbed to death, cut up and partially skinned. Washington Post, "Women in Mexico are protesting femicide. Police have responded with force.," 9 Mar. 2021 Each fish dinner has a whole filet of cod, cut up and then fried after being coated by hand. Karie Angell Luc,, "COVID-19 forces annual Wauconda fish fry to go all carryout, but fellowship endures," 4 Mar. 2021 High-purity cocaine can be cut up or divided and supplemented with various substances to increase profits when sold on the street. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, "New Cocaine Seizure, Worth Up To Four Billion, Breaks Record As ‘Largest Ever In Europe’," 25 Feb. 2021 Hanlen cut up the video and showed LaVine the source of the problem. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Extensive offseason work has raised Chicago's Zach LaVine's game to an All-Star level," 6 Mar. 2021 All those samples cut up and mashed together to create this awesome, chunky melody. Kat Bein, Billboard, "The 20 Best Daft Punk Songs," 22 Feb. 2021 Reforestation and cover cropping should be on the front lines of Minnesota's fight to reduce greenhouse gases, and could cut up to one-fifth of the state's heat-trapping emissions. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, "Minnesota's forests and land offer big opportunities to cut greenhouse gases," 18 Jan. 2021 And the Browns offense cut up the Titans defense, who seemed confused of the half. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Halftime Scribbles: Baker Mayfield has a first-half masterpiece as Browns half 38 points!!! – Terry Pluto," 7 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of cutup


1843, in the meaning defined above


1580, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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“Cutup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cutup

US, informal : a person who behaves in a silly way and tries to make other people laugh


cut·​up | \ ˈkət-ˌəp How to pronounce cutup (audio) \

Kids Definition of cutup

: a person who behaves in a silly way and tries to make other people laugh

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