cutout

noun
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

verb

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

adjective

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

Noun

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

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

Kristofferson, 83, wore head-to-toe black while Streisand wore a flowing pink patterned caftan with shoulder cutouts. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson Duet Again in Surprise A Star Is Born Reunion," 8 July 2019 Trends will be ruffles, cute cutouts, scrunching, ruching, and gathers, rash guards and cover guards. Houston Chronicle, "These looks will let you feel and look cool under the sun," 27 June 2019 Atop each plinth, Corkery positions a biomorphic fiberboard cutout, squirmy in the mode of Hans Arp. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "Artist digs into Bauhaus history at Harvard," 19 June 2019 The high-waisted bottoms feature chic cutouts, and give you an hourglass figure when paired with the top. Locke Hughes, NBC News, "The best plus-size bathing suits for summer 2019," 8 June 2019 Following the massive success of their 2018 collection, which Playful Promises founder Emma Parker says sold out in 48 hours, the companies created a batch of new offerings that include cutouts, lace overlays, and lace bodysuits. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Playful Promises and Gabi Fresh Created Another Size-Inclusive Lingerie Line," 18 Apr. 2019 Kimmel's sidekick Guillermo Rodriguez waited for Hanks to exit the store and held onto the cardboard cutout as the actor approached two women on Hollywood Boulevard. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tom Hanks Shares Disney's Strict Rules for 'Toy Story 4' Media Tour," 14 June 2019 The cutouts weaken the case and make devices more susceptible to bending. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Report: Samsung will strip the Galaxy Note of its headphone jack and buttons," 30 May 2019 People glued red paper cuttings of good sayings and animals to the exterior of windows, so the light from the outside would shine through the negative space of the cutout. Kristen Bateman, Vogue, "Meet the Neon Light Artist Beloved by New York Cool Girls," 15 Jan. 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

Noun

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

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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More Definitions for cutout

cutout

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cutout

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

cutout

noun
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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