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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cutout adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for cutout

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of cutout in a Sentence

Noun a cardboard cutout of a famous actor Verb 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 Video of her shenanigans hit the web on Wednesday, showing footage of the actress dangling Red’s familiar paper cutouts in front of passersby and cackling manically. Nick Romano,, "Lupita Nyong'o reprises Us role to shock guests at Halloween Horror Nights," 30 Oct. 2019 Picture a dozen paper cutouts of different sizes and shapes lying on your floor. Quanta Magazine, "Amateur Mathematician Finds Smallest Universal Cover," 15 Nov. 2018 In the Anglo-Saxon world Victorian valentines varied greatly in price and quality, ranging from cheap paper cutouts to expensive lithographs on embossed paper. Marilyn Yalom, Time, "How the Modern Valentine's Day Card Evolved," 14 Feb. 2018 Go for a single pair of shoes that work well from day to night, and swap out dolls and toys for cardboard games and paper cutouts. Kiley Bates-brennan, Good Housekeeping, "I Kept Traveling The World After I Had My Baby—Here Are My 5 Top Tips For Kid-Friendly Travel," 28 Apr. 2017 Kelli Ward, a Senate candidate in Arizona, walking past a cardboard cutout of President Trump and Melania Trump on May 8 in Sun Lakes, Ariz. Janet Hook, WSJ, "‘It Is the Era of Trump’: How the President Is Remaking the Republican Party," 27 Aug. 2018 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 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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18 Nov 2019

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“Cutout.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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