[ sawd-awf, -of ]
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  1. sawed off at the end, as a shotgun or broomstick.

  2. Slang. smallish; of less than average size or stature.

Origin of sawed-off

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70

Words Nearby sawed-off Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sawed-off in a sentence

  • The farm-house stood in the middle of a large yard entered by a stile made of sawed-off logs of graduated heights.

  • Her aunt had commented on the fact that Clint had taken from the wall a sawed-off shotgun he sometimes carried by his saddle.

    Oh, You Tex! | William Macleod Raine
  • One is a tall, lopsided, cock-eyed rooster, an' the other is a hammered-down sawed-off runt.

    Oh, You Tex! | William Macleod Raine
  • The little sawed-off sailor in the Villa Marie where I was billetted made coffee for two of us each morning.

    Golden Lads | Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
  • George Ashby lay on the ground bound as he had been left, his sawed-off shotgun not far away and his belt full of shells.

    The Young Engineers in Arizona | H. Irving Hancock