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


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

Father Jorge was pasting paper cutouts of white doves along the bare walls. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "From Buenos Aires to the Chilean Coast: A Road Trip Across South America," 22 Aug. 2019 Guests who prefer a slightly more masculine environment might settle on the other bedroom, where a couple of sports pennants (and accompanying Michael Jordan poster) complement the Power Rangers cutout in the corner. Dan Singer, Dallas News, "'90s-themed Airbnb joins an '80s-themed Airbnb in Lower Greenville," 5 Aug. 2019 There are cutouts in the maze that firefighters will have to pass through, remove their scuba tank and mask and get though, then put both back on. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Avon firefighters looking forward to a tower training facility next spring," 29 July 2019 The owners have helpfully placed cardboard cutouts of Bella and Jacob in appropriate rooms. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Bella Swan's 'Twilight' home is now available for you to rent for $330 a night on Airbnb," 24 July 2019 For proof, look no further than the fact that the couple spent days tracking down a specific style of round outlet (Bocci) to avoid the look of a rectangular cutout in the backsplash. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "What Does a Chef-and-Restaurateur Couple's Kitchen Look Like?," 13 June 2019 The epic ensemble showed off her chest and shoulders in cutouts, as well. Elana Rubin, Teen Vogue, "Cardi B Wore a Tie-Dye Catsuit to the Made in America Festival," 1 Sep. 2019 A few days before the 36th annual ceremony, Cabello cemented her red carpet look with Haenn in her hotel room: a white-hot Balmain dress with side cutouts, designed by Olivier Rousteing. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Vogue Gets Ready With Camila Cabello Ahead of the VMAs—From Fittings to Showtime," 28 Aug. 2019 The whimsy continues with two cutouts that flank the triple-arched front windows; the one on the right serves as the entrance to the front porch and doorway, the one on the left leads nowhere, only echoing its twin. Richard A. Marini,, "Historic Tobin Hill home renovation paired wheelchair accessibility with preservation," 6 Aug. 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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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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