[ kuht-awf, -of ]
/ ˈkʌtˌɔf, -ˌɒf /



being or constituting the limit or ending: a cutoff date for making changes.

Origin of cutoff

First recorded in 1735–45; noun use of verb phrase cut off Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cut-offs


/ (ˈkʌtɒfs) /

pl n

trousers that have been shortened to calf length or to make shorts
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Word Origin and History for cut-offs



1640s, "act of cutting off," also "portion cut off," from verbal phrase cut off (late 14c.). Of rivers, from 1773; of roads, from 1806; of clothing (adj.), from 1840.

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