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 chorus was placed on seats above the stage, seen through a cutout of the backdrop, with a small troop of actors and dancers onstage representing the people. Mark Swed,, "Searching for Russia's soul, then and now, in 'Boris Godunov'," 19 June 2018 As before, customers will still be able to buy Nessy T-shirts and souvenirs and pose for pictures with a wood cutout of Nessy. Pam Kragen,, "Nessy Burgers on the move again, but not far," 10 June 2018 Add the apple stars to the mixture and keep the cutouts for garnish. Jennifer Mcclellan, ajc, "6 colorful Fourth of July recipes to make your party sparkle," 4 July 2018 Add the apple stars to the mixture and keep the cutouts for garnish. Jennifer Mcclellan, USA TODAY, "6 colorful July 4th recipes to make your party sparkle," 3 July 2018 To mask the cutout, the set painter painted strips of tape the same color as the walls and put them over the seams where the wall pulls back. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Secrets of Summer 2018's Greatest Movie Stunts and Effects," 20 June 2018 Wang designed a head-turning strapless black gown with a stomach cutout for Jenner and a black military-style suit with a harness on top for Scott. Kaitlyn Frey,, "All the Must-See Moments from Alexander Wang's Star-Studded Fashion Show," 4 June 2018 There’s no color to begin with, just blank creamy paper embossed with the head and shoulders of a baby, with little cutouts for the eyes and nostrils. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "The Wonderful World of Color," 1 June 2018 These are custom-fit, carpetlike covers with cutouts for the vents and so on. Bob Weber,, "Can CD players come back in cars?," 23 Sep. 2017

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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obstinately defiant of authority

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