Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[kuht-uh-wey] /ˈkʌt əˌweɪ/
Also called cutaway coat. a man's formal daytime coat having the front portion of the skirt cut away from the waist so as to curve or slope to the tails at the back.
Movies, Television.
  1. a switch from one scene to another for showing simultaneous or related action, creating suspense, etc.
  2. Also called cutaway shot. a shot that abruptly introduces content, scenery, etc., away from the central action.
an illustration or scale model having the outer section removed to display the interior.
having a part cut away, as an outer section of something being illustrated so that the inside may be shown.
Origin of cutaway
First recorded in 1835-45; adj., noun use of verb phrase cut away Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for cutaway
Historical Examples
  • There was a cutaway, sporting look about his coat which indicated that he had grown to it from boyhood “in woodis grene.”

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • A cutaway harrow, run shallow, and a roller make the seed-bed.

  • Enter Servant with Dawson in cutaway coat and vest and usual trousers.

  • Mr. Jenkins, the grocer, rented a cutaway, and bought a new Panama to wear with it.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • A satin-faced lapel is not conservative on a cutaway, but it is the correct facing for the more formal (and elderly) frock coat.

    Etiquette Emily Post
  • I said that to myself, but I met him with a smile, and with a 'how d'ye do, cutaway?'

    The Humors of Falconbridge Jonathan F. Kelley
  • Hezekiah Wilkins, in holiday garb of silk hat and cutaway frock, arrived.

    The Triumph of Virginia Dale John Francis, Jr.
  • The cutaway coat had been the beginning of it all, it seemed.

    V. V.'s Eyes Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • The captain wore a cutaway coat, a fancy waistcoat, and a white silk cravat fastened with a pearl pin.

    Rayton: A Backwoods Mystery Theodore Goodridge Roberts
  • Her cutaway coat was buttoned tightly over a manly bosom, and her waist was not waspish.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for cutaway


a man's coat cut diagonally from the front waist to the back of the knees
  1. a drawing or model of a machine, engine, etc, in which part of the casing is omitted to reveal the workings
  2. (as modifier): a cutaway model
(films, television) a shot separate from the main action of a scene, to emphasize something or to show simultaneous events
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for cutaway

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for cutaway

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for cutaway