- a fold or band serving as a trimming or finish for the bottom of a sleeve.
- a turned-up fold, as at the bottom of a trouser leg.
- the part of a gauntlet or long glove that extends over the wrist.
- a separate or detachable band or piece of fabric worn about the wrist, inside or outside of the sleeve.
- an elasticized, ribbed, or reinforced band at the top of a sock or stocking.
- a band of leather or other material, wider than a collar, sewed around the outside of the top of a shoe or boot to serve as a trimming or finish.
- a handcuff.
- Anatomy. a bandlike muscle or group of muscles encircling a body part.
- Furniture. a horizontal strip of veneer used as an ornament on a leg.
- Medicine/Medical. an inflatable wrap placed around the upper arm and used in conjunction with a device for recording blood pressure.
- to make a cuff or cuffs on: to cuff a pair of trousers.
- to put handcuffs on.
- off the cuff, Informal.
- extemporaneously; on the spur of the moment.
- unofficially or informally: I'm telling you this strictly off the cuff.
- on the cuff, Slang.
- with the promise of future payment; on credit.
- without charge; with no payment expected: He enjoyed his meal the more because it was on the cuff.
Origin of cuff1
- to strike with the open hand; beat; buffet.
- a blow with the fist or the open hand; buffet.
Origin of cuff2
Examples from the Web for cuffing
While cuffing the suspect, (XXXX), XXXX kicked the suspect twice in the chest and once in the face.Rogue L.A. Cop’s Facebook Manifesto: ‘You Will Now Live the Life of Prey’
The Daily Beast
February 8, 2013
These were all fallen together by the ears, and were cuffing each other without any mercy.Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
I think p. 13I should, in the event of his cuffing me, knock the Armenian down.
I think I should, in the event of his cuffing me, knock the Armenian down.
A belated March blizzard was slapping at the panes and cuffing the house-corners.The Prairie Child
I must care, since I am shuffling about before you; getting a cuffing for my pains!The Confounding of Camelia
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
- the part of a sleeve nearest the hand, sometimes turned back and decorative
- the part of a gauntlet or glove that extends past the wrist
- US, Canadian and Australian the turned-up fold at the bottom of some trouser legsAlso called (in eg Britain): turn-up
- off the cuff informal improvised; extemporary
- (tr) to strike with an open hand
- a blow of this kind
Word Origin and History for cuffing
"bottom of a sleeve," mid-14c., cuffe "hand covering, mitten, glove," perhaps somehow from Medieval Latin cuffia "head covering," of uncertain origin. Sense of "band around the sleeve" is first attested 1520s; sense of "hem of trousers" is 1911. Off the cuff "extemporaneously" is 1938 American English colloquial, suggesting an actor or speaker reading from notes jotted on his shirt sleeves rather than learned lines. Cuff links is from 1897.
"hit," 1520s, of unknown origin, perhaps from Swedish kuffa "to thrust, push." Related: Cuffed; cuffing. As a noun from 1560s.
"to put a cuff on," 1690s, from cuff (n.). Related: Cuffed; cuffing.
- A bandlike structure encircling a part.
- An inflatable band, usually wrapped around the upper arm, that is used along with a sphygmomanometer in measuring arterial blood pressure.