[ kuht-ee ]

  1. cut short; short; stubby.

  2. irritable; impatient; short-tempered.

noun,plural cut·ties.
  1. a short spoon.

  2. a short-stemmed tobacco pipe.

  1. Informal. an immoral or worthless woman.

Origin of cutty

First recorded in 1650–60; cut + -y1, -y2

Words Nearby cutty Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cutty in a sentence

  • Why, thought Michael, should not he himself be one day ranked as the peer of cutty Jackson?

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 | Compton Mackenzie
  • Soon after he stopped on cutty-hunk Island, near the coast, where he built a house.

    The Story of the Thirteen Colonies | H. A. (Hlne Adeline) Guerber
  • He filled his cutty and walked to and fro in the moonlight, with his head bent and his hands clasped behind his back.

    The Adventures of Kathlyn | Harold MacGrath
  • Auld Jock smoked his cutty pipe, gazed at the fire or into the kirk-yard, and meditated on nothing in particular.

    Greyfriars Bobby | Eleanor Atkinson
  • Mr. Brown locked the gate, went sulkily into the lodge, lighted his cutty pipe, and smoked it furiously.

    Greyfriars Bobby | Eleanor Atkinson

British Dictionary definitions for cutty


/ (ˈkʌtɪ) Scot and Northern English dialect /

  1. short or cut short

nounplural -ties
  1. something cut short, such as a spoon or short-stemmed tobacco pipe

  2. an immoral girl or woman (in Scotland used as a general term of abuse for a woman)

  1. a short thickset girl

Origin of cutty

C18 (Scottish and northern English): from cut (vb)

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