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cuff

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noun \ˈkəf\

Definition of cuff

  1. 1 :  something (such as a part of a sleeve or glove) encircling the wrist

  2. 2 :  the turned-back hem of a trouser leg

  3. 3a :  handcuff —usually used in pluralb :  a usually wide metal band worn as a bracelet

  4. 4 :  an inflatable band that is wrapped around an extremity to control the flow of blood through the part when recording blood pressure with a sphygmomanometer

cuffless

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off the cuff

  1. :  without preparation :  ad lib speaking off the cuff

on the cuff

  1. :  on credit transacting business on the cuff

Origin and Etymology of cuff

Middle English coffe, cuffe mitten


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cuff

verb

Definition of cuff

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to furnish with a cuff

  3. 2 :  handcuff

First Known Use of cuff

1693


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cuff

verb

Definition of cuff

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to strike especially with or as if with the palm of the hand :  buffet

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  fight, scuffle

Origin and Etymology of cuff

perhaps from obsolete English, glove, from Middle English


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cuff

noun

Definition of cuff

  1. :  a blow with the hand especially when open :  slap

First Known Use of cuff

1570


CUFF Defined for Kids

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cuff

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noun \ˈkəf\

Definition of cuff for Students

  1. 1 :  a band or turned-over piece at the end of a sleeve

  2. 2 :  the turned-back hem of a pant leg


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cuff

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verb

Definition of cuff for Students

cuffed

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cuffing

  1. :  to strike especially with or as if with the palm of the hand :  slap


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cuff

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noun

Definition of cuff for Students

  1. :  2slap 1


Medical Dictionary

cuff

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noun \ˈkəf\

Medical Definition of cuff

  1. 1:  an inflatable band that is wrapped around an extremity to control the flow of blood through the part when recording blood pressure with a sphygmomanometer

  2. 2:  an anatomical structure shaped like a cuff; especially :  rotator cuff repair of complete shoulder cuff avulsion—Physicians' Current Procedural Terminology



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