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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cutout adjective

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 cutout was created to allow access to Eernisse Funeral Home. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Casey's General Store coming to Port Washington," 27 June 2018 The glass, altered by the cutouts, lets in light, and makes the landscape unusually abstract. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Frank Lloyd Wright house near Ann Arbor is a 'small masterpiece'," 9 June 2018 Kris Kemp of Covina asks: What is the purpose of the corner cutouts on the infield grass at each base? Houston Mitchell,, "Dodgers Dugout: Kenley Jansen, Rich Hill, Corey Seager... There's a lot to talk about," 20 Apr. 2018 While the devices do have the now-ubiquitous notch, Huawei will allow users the option to disable the cutout. Natt Garun, The Verge, "Huawei will bring the P20 series to Canada next month," 20 Apr. 2018 The cutouts are two-dimensional representations of his Republican primary opponents: Todd Rokita and Luke Messer. Robert King, Indianapolis Star, "Mike Braun, a Republican Senate candidate, brings casual attire but serious business credentials," 12 Apr. 2018 Drop off location for the disabled will be at the Ontario Street cutouts next to both the Quicken Loans Arena and Progressive Field. Karen Farkas,, "Cleveland Indians, Cavs and Monsters games will cause traffic problems," 5 Apr. 2018 Like the huge cardboard cutouts of Smith’s scowling face that students waved inside Jenny Craig Pavilion, Smith’s personality was big. Don Norcross,, "Toreros to host Northern Colorado in CIT," 20 Mar. 2018 With the status bar handling the cutout, normal apps should work seamlessly. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android P Developer Preview arrives with new notification panel, notch support," 7 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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