cut·​up | \ˈkət-ˌəp \

Definition of cutup 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who clowns or acts boisterously

cut 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


In school he was always a cutup, telling jokes and acting silly.


high-spirited cousins who cut up at every family gathering

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 His tape speaks for itself, big brother’s cutups of as dominating an interior offensive lineman as college football’s seen in years. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "From picked on to punishing: The story of new Colt Quenton Nelson," 27 Apr. 2018 In between the elongated cutups, there are priceless comedic bits. Robert Osborne, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Monty Python's The Meaning of Life': THR's 1983 Review," 31 Mar. 2018 Because astronauts would likely not be hauling vermiculite from Earth but might have cardboard boxes, Guinan also tried mixing cutup cardboard into the Martian soil. Author: Kenneth Chang, Anchorage Daily News, "If we ever get to Mars, the beer might not be bad," 13 Jan. 2018 Because astronauts would likely not be hauling vermiculite from Earth but might have cardboard boxes, Dr. Guinan also tried mixing cutup cardboard into the Martian soil. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "If We Ever Get to Mars, the Beer Might Not Be Bad," 12 Jan. 2018 And most of the plays from the second cutup were from the second half. Erin Sorensen, ajc, "Nebraska football mailbag: Explaining the Blackshirts’ turnaround vs. Oregon," 13 Sep. 2017 Place the first three cutup potatoes in a layer in a big bowl, then layer about a third of the onions, peppers and Chinese celery on top. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "Riz Rollins’ most excellent potato salad," 16 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In one video, Gökçe cuts up slabs of beef for Maduro and his wife, Cilia Flores. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Why is Marco Rubio tweeting about Salt Bae?," 18 Sep. 2018 The Tampa Bay Times, a regional paper in Florida, is cutting up to 50 jobs because of the soaring paper costs, which affect every newspaper that publishes in America, including large national publications scorned by Trump. Jackie Spinner,, "Trump's trade war threatens the U.S. newspaper industry: 'This is insane'," 25 June 2018 Environmental and wildlife advocates have urged consumers for decades to cut up six-pack rings to prevent them from strangling birds and sea animals. Karin Brulliard, Washington Post, "Animals keep getting their heads stuck in our trash," 20 Apr. 2018 Once on the ice, it was cut up into manageable pieces and hauled back to town. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s North Slope whalers bring in spring bounty," 7 May 2018 Democrats were afraid their districts would be cut up into a lot of pieces. Jonathan Lai,, "Did your Democratic State Rep. vote for Pa.'s gerrymandered congressional map?," 30 Apr. 2018 Knowing that his clients didn’t want a multiyear project, Mr. Tang cautioned them about buying a house cut up into multiple apartments or anything too rundown. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "Remaking a ‘Developer Special’ in Brooklyn," 16 Jan. 2018 It’s mostly cut up pieces of cardboard, with a few bags of plastic odds and ends mixed in. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018 This track would play and the crowd would go ballistic, and the DJs would be cutting up the break. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Louie Vega Breaks Down 'NYC Disco' Double Album: Exclusive," 29 June 2018

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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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The first known use of cutup was in 1580

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English Language Learners Definition of cutup

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


cut·​up | \ˈkət-ˌəp \

Kids Definition of cutup

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

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