- 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 cuffed
Heard about the 6-year-old girl who was cuffed and arrested?It's Not Just Teens Like Michael Brown—Even Small Black Children Are Suspect
August 20, 2014
Brady was among them, the skilled hands that had put in place the last piece of the Freedom Tower now cuffed behind him.Hero or Criminal? James Brady, the WTC Ironworker Who Jumped Off the Building
March 25, 2014
As soon as Cohle and Hart captured and cuffed their killer back in 1995, he started to talk.‘True Detective’ Episode 5 Review: ‘The Secret Fate of All Life’ is the Best Episode Yet
February 17, 2014
His hands were cuffed together as he rose to return to the cells at the end of the proceeding.Ex-Cop’s Shooting of Texting Moviegoer Ends in Tragedy
January 15, 2014
The cop complied and the other teen, Francis Estevez, began to cry after her hands were cuffed behind her.Tiona Rodriguez Charged After Dead Fetus Found in Bag at Victoria’s Secret
October 20, 2013
Whereupon he fell upon her and kicked and cuffed her heartily.
Running down to where the huskies were gathered, they cuffed them into silence, and there waited.Murder Point
I thought to risk losing my arm when I cuffed him on the ear, but lo!Dreamers of the Ghetto
For the second time in his life I cuffed him soundly on the ear.The O'Ruddy
She cuffed him again, but this time her buffet was almost a caress.In a Little Town
- 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 cuffed
"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.
Idioms and Phrases with cuffed
see off the cuff; on the cuff.