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

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 The sound bytes were so entertaining that McCartney made a cutup of all of them. cleveland, "Case Keenum happy to have a front row seat for The Baker Mayfield Show: ‘There’s no telling what he can do’," 10 Jan. 2021 According to Granofsky, the Ravens have a fan cutup of him for current games. Mike Preston,, "Ravens fans hurt, but pride and optimism still intact with Chiefs coming to town | COMMENTARY," 26 Sep. 2020 Among other topics Day covered during a Wednesday teleconference: • Day said his typical day begins with watching film, whether that is cutups from the three spring practices, watching NFL teams or studying one of OSU’s 2020 opponents. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football coach Ryan Day on Crock Pot chili, “Tiger King” and being on call during shutdown," 25 Mar. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And the Browns offense cut up the Titans defense, who seemed confused of the half. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Halftime Scribbles: Baker Mayfield has a first-half masterpiece as Browns half 38 points!!! – Terry Pluto," 7 Dec. 2020 Spoken text comes from the sputtering of mid-1970s New York AM radio, cut up. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Philip Glass and ‘Einstein on the Beach’: How one opera changed everything," 18 Nov. 2020 British Airways has already announced plans to cut up to 12,000 jobs, more than a quarter of its workforce, and is retiring its entire fleet of Boeing 747s four years ahead of schedule. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "Qatar is coming to the rescue of British Airways and Iberia," 31 July 2020 The lights were on and a watermelon was on the table, cut up, ready to be eaten. NBC News, "Seven years of Dateline's Missing in America: 156 still missing," 5 Dec. 2020 TIAA Bank Field is cut up into different sections, which are divided by fencing and rails. cleveland, "Browns 27, Jaguars 25: photographers’ favorite photos from win," 30 Nov. 2020 Cory Underwood, who coached Lewis on the AAU circuit and worked with him one-on-one, took note and cut up clips of one of the NBA’s most creative finishers, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder, to send to him. Christian Clark,, "'He's really a sponge': Pelicans' rookie Kira Lewis Jr. is a student of the game," 28 Nov. 2020 The reactor is located in a cavity and will be cut up into pieces. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How and when the twin domes at San Onofre nuclear plant will come down," 23 Oct. 2020 In some instances, studios cut up old costumes to use as floor rags. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, "Academy Museum Gives Debbie Reynolds Her Due as a Costume Conservator," 16 Nov. 2020

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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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“Cutup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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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