cut·​up | \ ˈkət-ˌəp How to pronounce cutup (audio) \

Definition of cutup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who clowns or acts boisterously

cut up

cut up; cutting up; cuts up

Definition of cut up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to cut into parts or pieces
b : to injure or damage by or as if by cutting : gash, slash
2 : to subject to hostile criticism : censure

intransitive verb

1 : to undergo being cut up
2 : to behave in a comic, boisterous, or unruly manner : clown

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Examples of cutup in a Sentence


In school he was always a cutup, telling jokes and acting silly.


high-spirited cousins who cut up at every family gathering

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There are video cutups of him training in the sand, going through his steps. Rainer Sabin |, al, "Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy’s best skill? Running routes, of course," 5 Sep. 2019 Shanahan tasked McVay with binding playbooks, making copies, scribbling out play sheets and organizing cutups of opposing defenses. Greg Bishop,, "The Forgettable Years of a Coaching Staff to Remember," 23 Aug. 2019 Gillespie, a notorious cutup, stuck his tongue out just as the camera’s shutter came down. Marc Myers, WSJ, "A Great Day in Harlem, Revisited," 2 Nov. 2018 Her name was Dorothy (née Driscoll), a notorious cutup, Irish and German, in contrast to his father, a serious Catholic of German-Bohemian background. Mark Rozzo, Vanities, "Ed Ruscha Still Has Plenty More to Say About America," 30 May 2018 His tape speaks for itself, big brother’s cutups of as dominating an interior offensive lineman as college football’s seen in years. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "From picked on to punishing: The story of new Colt Quenton Nelson," 27 Apr. 2018 In between the elongated cutups, there are priceless comedic bits. Robert Osborne, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Monty Python's The Meaning of Life': THR's 1983 Review," 31 Mar. 2018 Because astronauts would likely not be hauling vermiculite from Earth but might have cardboard boxes, Guinan also tried mixing cutup cardboard into the Martian soil. Author: Kenneth Chang, Anchorage Daily News, "If we ever get to Mars, the beer might not be bad," 13 Jan. 2018 Because astronauts would likely not be hauling vermiculite from Earth but might have cardboard boxes, Dr. Guinan also tried mixing cutup cardboard into the Martian soil. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "If We Ever Get to Mars, the Beer Might Not Be Bad," 12 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Our incredible Airbnb hosts actually built us a beautiful arbor to get married under, and cut up tons of tree stumps to place mason jar candles on top of, lining the path. Rachel Desantis,, "Country Singer Rachel Reinert Marries Fiancé Caleb Crosby at Tennessee Treehouse," 1 Sep. 2019 Along those same lines, Muhlstein also recommends Greek yogurts and snackable veggies like baby carrots and cut up cucumbers. Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, "12 Ways to Stop Overeating, According to Experts," 29 Aug. 2019 Johnson has been working on his speed, misdirection and cutting up field. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Pinnacle's defense takes over in season-opening football rout of Perry," 24 Aug. 2019 Birru said D’Aliosio, in fits of rage, cut up her clothes, threw her against a wall, broke her laptop computer, threatened to have her deported and punched her in the ribs, court records show. Los Angeles Times, "She faces deportation after shooting her husband. Now Gov. Newsom could pardon her," 23 Aug. 2019 She was violently thrown to the ground and her legs got cut up. John Kass,, "Column: Father of teacher robbed in Lincoln Park questions $100 bond allowing alleged attacker to walk: ‘Is that all she’s worth to them?’," 16 Aug. 2019 If necessary, add another slice of bread, cut up, through the feed tube (the sauce in the food processor will splatter, so keep the top of the tube covered). Sheryl Julian,, "Recipe: Spanish romesco sauce, whirred with tomatoes and peppers, is incredibly appealing," 17 June 2019 Despite the patrol boats’ pivotal role in the invasion, 59 of the 60 that saw action on D-Day are believed to have sunk, burned or been cut up for scrap. Elise Takahama, The Seattle Times, "Coast Guard cutter that survived D-Day landings being restored by King County couple," 8 June 2019 Indians quarterback Zach Johnson capped it off with a 26-yard run that saw the senior fake a pass outside, then cut up inside. Nathan Cambridge, Burbank Leader, "Burbank football ends nonleague schedule with loss to Hart," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of cutup


1843, in the meaning defined above


1580, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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The first known use of cutup was in 1580

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English Language Learners Definition of cutup

US, informal : a person who behaves in a silly way and tries to make other people laugh


cut·​up | \ ˈkət-ˌəp How to pronounce cutup (audio) \

Kids Definition of cutup

: a person who behaves in a silly way and tries to make other people laugh

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