- 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
Related Wordssock, belt, box, knock, poke, hit, clip, slap, wallop, punch, buffet, chop, smack, biff, clout, rap, thump, whack, bat, pummel
Examples from the Web for cuffs
For years, Cuomo gave me a hard time every time we crossed paths about whether I had cuffs or pleats.President Cuomo Would’ve Been a Lion
January 2, 2015
The entire process of preplanning and printing the hand, brackets, and cuffs takes just over a day.3-D Printing Is Changing the Future of Prosthetics
December 10, 2014
Bary raps about a life filled with hardships, a life without love and spent “evading the cuffs.”An ISIS Killer in His Own Awful Words
September 3, 2014
Then Molly gets the call, which is more how it would be in real life than the version where she snaps the cuffs on at the end.The Shocking ‘Fargo’ Finale: Creator Noah Hawley Breaks Down the Epic Bloodbath
June 18, 2014
She picks at the cuffs of her coat as we talk, the only sign of her anxiety.Model Melanie Gaydos’s Fight for High Fashion
February 3, 2014
Not all my kicks and cuffs and beatings had sufficed one whit to repulse him.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
She might begin on Monday if she could find her black dress, white apron, cap, and cuffs.The Christian
Arlt plays like an artist; but he blushes, and he forgets to keep his cuffs in sight.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
It is a neat ornament for cuffs, skirts and capes, and childrens pelisses.The Ladies' Work-Table Book
His cuffs were frayed and there were wine-stains on his shabby clothes.Olive in Italy
- informal short for handcuffsSee handcuff (def. 2)
- 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 cuffs
"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 cuffs
see off the cuff; on the cuff.