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

cut out; cutting out; cuts 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

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 Head straight for: a photo corner that includes Santa Claus, a gold throne, blow-up reindeer and a life-size cutout of Buddy the Elf. Josie Sexton, The Know, "I tried all the Denver Christmas pop-up bars so you don’t have to," 3 Dec. 2019 Hailey wore classic high-waisted jeans with a cropped top that had cutouts at the underarm area, a tricky place to show some skin. Vogue, "Justin and Hailey Bieber’s Date Night Look Is Their Boldest Yet," 27 Nov. 2019 Also in attendance was a life-size cardboard cutout of Maddow, which is now in storage so as not to startle guests. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "This Is the Moment Rachel Maddow Has Been Waiting For," 1 Oct. 2019 The rest of the specs for the One Action are more in line with what you’d expect from a budget Android phone, with a 6.3-inch FHD+ panel that has a hole-punch cutout for a 12-megapixel camera. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Motorola’s One Action tries to stuff a GoPro into a smartphone," 16 Aug. 2019 The terry cloth garment (?) has cutouts for your head and your legs, which are left exposed (so don't forget your sunscreen). Abby Gardner, Glamour, "The Towelkini Is Part Towel, Part Bathing Suit—And People Have Thoughts," 5 June 2019 One-piece swimsuits have cutouts at the sides or down the front. Kavita Daswani,, "Sun Becomes Her label offers new women’s styles fit for summer," 5 June 2019 The report says Boeing reasoned that the cutout switches, while available to the pilots, would not be required and that an MCAS failure could be countered by the pilot pulling back on the control column alone. Author: Dominic Gates, Lewis Kamb, Anchorage Daily News, "Indonesia’s devastating final report blames Boeing 737 MAX design, certification in Lion Air crash," 25 Oct. 2019 The shoot even took care to recreate the New York City skyline backdrop used on the show and incorporated a director’s chair with a small cutout of producer Michael Gelman. Rachel Desantis,, "Toddlers Dress as Kelly Ripa & Ryan Seacrest in Adorable Live with Kelly and Ryan-Themed Shoot," 2 Oct. 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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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cutout.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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How to pronounce cut out (audio)

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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