cuff

1
[kuhf]
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noun

verb (used with object)

to make a cuff or cuffs on: to cuff a pair of trousers.
to put handcuffs on.

Idioms

    off the cuff, Informal.
    1. extemporaneously; on the spur of the moment.
    2. unofficially or informally: I'm telling you this strictly off the cuff.
    on the cuff, Slang.
    1. with the promise of future payment; on credit.
    2. without charge; with no payment expected: He enjoyed his meal the more because it was on the cuff.

Origin of cuff

1
1350–1400; Middle English cuffe mitten; perhaps akin to Old English cuffie cap < Medieval Latin cuphia coif1
Can be confusedcough cuff koph

cuff

2
[kuhf]

verb (used with object)

to strike with the open hand; beat; buffet.

noun

a blow with the fist or the open hand; buffet.

Origin of cuff

2
1520–30; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Low German kuffen, Norwegian, Swedish dialect kuffa to push, shove
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Related Words for cuffs

sock, 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

Contemporary Examples of cuffs

Historical Examples of cuffs

  • 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

    Hall Caine

  • 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.

  • His cuffs were frayed and there were wine-stains on his shabby clothes.

    Olive in Italy

    Moray Dalton


British Dictionary definitions for cuffs

cuffs

pl n

informal short for handcuffsSee handcuff (def. 2)

cuff

1

noun

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
See also cuffs

Word Origin for cuff

C14 cuffe glove, of obscure origin

cuff

2

verb

(tr) to strike with an open hand

noun

a blow of this kind

Word Origin for cuff

C16: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for cuffs

cuff

n.

"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.

cuff

v.2

"hit," 1520s, of unknown origin, perhaps from Swedish kuffa "to thrust, push." Related: Cuffed; cuffing. As a noun from 1560s.

cuff

v.1

"to put a cuff on," 1690s, from cuff (n.). Related: Cuffed; cuffing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cuffs in Medicine

cuff

[kŭf]

n.

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.
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Idioms and Phrases with cuffs

cuff

see off the cuff; on the cuff.

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