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

Synonyms & Antonyms for cutout

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 Rogers and the coaching staff got creative with him, printing out a near life-size cutout of Bryant and taking it to different locations on campus, from a local restaurant to Crean’s office. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "How fiddling with Photoshop sent an IU baseball alum to LeBron James' brand," 18 June 2020 Crews will be setting catch basins to grade, forming up curb and gutter cutout areas, and beginning to form up driveway aprons. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "North Ridgeville postpones holiday fireworks," 15 June 2020 What was Harvey but a cardboard cutout, really, an idea of himself? Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "White Noise," 1 June 2020 Huawei hid its connection to Skycom, using it as a cutout to do business in Iran with plausible deniability. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Canadian court greenlights extradition proceedings against Huawei CEO’s daughter," 27 May 2020 No fans but cutouts instead Still, there won't be any fans at matches. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Dynamo Dresden's game canceled after positive coronavirus tests as Bundesliga resumption approaches," 10 May 2020 His plan would also include fans wearing masks — sadly not paper cutouts like in South Korea — and ordering food from their seat rather than waiting in line for concessions. Nick Talbot,, "Talbot: NFL must get creative as it plans its season," 7 May 2020 There was a cardboard cutout of Trump side-by-side with President Vladimir Putin of Russia., "Trump kicks off Daytona 500 as grand marshal," 16 Feb. 2020 There was a cardboard cutout of the president giving a thumbs-up and Trump t-shirts for sale at the Republican Party's booth, but the sole Collins sign hung almost obscured. NBC News, "Sen. Susan Collins is an endangered Republican. Impeachment could make her more so.," 6 Oct. 2019 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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22 Jun 2020

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“Cutout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 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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