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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

Noun In school he was always a cutup, telling jokes and acting silly. Verb high-spirited cousins who cut up at every family gathering
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Once the cutup in all those pictures, Sandi now kept her arms pinned to her sides., "NEXT:," 24 Sep. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Using a razor knife should make cutting up the cardboard easy. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how to recycle wrapping paper, other Christmas decorations," 27 Dec. 2019 The plaintiffs say Gore was deceptive for not telling donors that their bodies would be cut up into pieces and sold to middlemen. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Jury awards $58M to 10 plaintiffs in Phoenix body donation lawsuit," 19 Nov. 2019 When combined with the reinsurance reduction, McCluskie said, alliance members will see their premiums cut up to 50% next year. Anna Staver, The Denver Post, "Colorado health exchange premiums dropping – by a lot," 10 Oct. 2019 This style takes boyfriend cut up a notch with a more dramatic width and length. Tyler Joe, Marie Claire, "How to Style Baggy Jeans," 12 Aug. 2019 Hilliard found some space to cut up field on a handoff shown below., "Dontrell Hilliard: How he looked in Day 13 of Cleveland Browns training camp," 10 Aug. 2019 Executive Chef Michael Johnson said the kitchen will cut up the briskets and rice noodles to make the pho easier to eat. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks step up the food game: Sandwiches from Salumi and pho are coming to CenturyLink Field," 6 Aug. 2018 Just cut up some pears, brie, and manchego, and stock up on two jars. Christa Guerra, Bon Appétit, "Bonnie’s Peach Ginger Jam Is Really My No. 1 Jam," 16 Jan. 2020 Turkish intelligence recorded all that followed, including Khashoggi’s struggle to fight off Saudi security, his gasping suffocation, and the bone-sawing that followed, as his body was cut up into pieces. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "The Saudi Sentences in Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Case Are a Mockery of Justice," 23 Dec. 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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“Cutup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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