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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Other Words from cutout


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


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

Chill cutout pieces, on parchment, until firm, at least 15 minutes and up to 2 days. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Gingerbread Barn," 19 Nov. 2018 Big cutouts in the fuel tank mean that even tall riders are able to tuck their knees in. Nick Goddard, Popular Mechanics, "Road Tested: 2019 Ducati Multistrada Enduro 1260," 24 Oct. 2018 The fiery red bodice features strips of fabric crisscrossing over one another and creating tiny cutouts across Lakshmi's torso, while the drapey skirt flows all the way to the floor. Andrea Park, Allure, "Padma Lakshmi Explains Why She Re-Wore Her J. Mendel Gown to the 2018 Emmys," 17 Sep. 2018 The partnership will also feature the urban farm installing branded signage throughout the its location for kids to learn about pollinators and a mural featuring flowers and bees with facial cutouts that could be used for social media posts. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Here's why 100,000 Italian honeybees are headed to Detroit," 21 June 2018 There was this little alcove cutout in the side of the building that leads to the door. Jon Niccum, kansascity, "A decade after 'American Idol,' David Cook gets 'Slick' and 'Kinky' | The Kansas City Star," 25 May 2018 While there isn’t much information about the Nova 4, there does seem to clearly be a camera cutout in the screen. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Huawei’s Nova 4 hole-punch camera display has made its real-world debut," 30 Nov. 2018 In front of Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, site of the opening and championship matches, Mengniu, China’s second-biggest dairy producer, has products lined up at a sprawling kiosk surround by plastic cows and a cutout of Argentine star Lionel Messi. Kevin Baxter,, "No team? No problem for Chinese World Cup sponsors," 30 June 2018 Trolling at the parade included security riding around with a crying LeBron face cutout on the front of their vehicle and Draymond Green wearing a shirt that poked fun at LeBron’s Arthur Instagram post from earlier in the season. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "San Francisco brewery created hazy IPA called ‘Lebron Tears’," 16 June 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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