cuffs, cuffing, cuffed
1) N-COUNT: usu pl The cuffs of a shirt or dress are the parts at the ends of the sleeves, which are thicker than the rest of the sleeve.

...a pale blue shirt with white collar and cuffs.

2) N-COUNT: usu pl The cuffs on a pair of pants or trousers are the parts at the ends of the legs, which are folded up. [AM]

...the cuffs of his jeans.

(in BRIT, use turn-up)
3) VERB If you cuff someone, you hit them quickly and lightly with your hand, usually on their head or their ear.

[V n] Brodie cuffed him on the side of the head.

Cuff is also a noun.

He gave the dog a cuff.

4) VERB If the police cuff someone, they put handcuffs on them. [INFORMAL]

[V n] She hoped they wouldn't cuff her hands behind her back.

5) PHRASE: PHR n, PHR after v An off-the-cuff remark is made without being prepared or thought about in advance.

I didn't mean any offence. It was a flippant, off-the-cuff remark...

Mr Baker was speaking off the cuff when he made those suggestions.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • Cuff — Cuff, n. A blow; esp.,, a blow with the open hand; a box; a slap. [1913 Webster] Snatcheth his sword, and fiercely to him flies; Who well it wards, and quitten cuff with cuff. Spenser. [1913 Webster] Many a bitter kick and cuff. Hudibras. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cuff — cuff; fist·i·cuff; fist·i·cuff·er; hand·i·cuff; cuff·er; …   English syllables

  • cuff — Ⅰ. cuff [1] ► NOUN 1) the end part of a sleeve, where the material of the sleeve is turned back or a separate band is sewn on. 2) chiefly N. Amer. a trouser turn up. 3) (cuffs) informal handcuffs. ► VERB informal ▪ secure with handcuf …   English terms dictionary

  • cuff — cuff1 [kuf] n. [by sense extension < ME cuffe, coffe, hand covering, glove < ? ML cuffia, head covering, parallel with OFr coife: see COIF] 1. a band or fold at the end of a sleeve, either sewed in or detachable 2. a turned up fold at the… …   English World dictionary

  • Cuff — (k?f), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cuffed} (k?ft); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cuffing}.] [Cf. Sw. kuffa to knock, push,kufva to check, subdue, and E. cow, v. t. ] 1. To strike; esp., to smite with the palm or flat of the hand; to slap. [1913 Webster] I swear I ll …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cuff — Cuff, v. i. To fight; to scuffle; to box. [1913 Webster] While the peers cuff to make the rabble sport. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cuff — Cuff, n. [Perh. from F. coiffe headdress, hood, or coif; as if the cuff were a cap for the hand. Cf. {Coif}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The fold at the end of a sleeve; the part of a sleeve turned back from the hand. [1913 Webster] He would visit his… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cuff — Cuff, Le Cuff Nom breton qui signifie doux, paisible …   Noms de famille

  • cuff — [n] beating with hands belt, biff, box, buffet, chop, clip, clout, hit, knock, poke, punch, rap, slap, smack, sock, thump, wallop, whack; concept 189 cuff [v] beat with hands bat, belt, biff, box, buffet, clap, clobber*, clout, hit, knock, pummel …   New thesaurus

  • cuff — index beat (strike) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • cuff — vb *strike, hit, smite, punch, slug, slog, swat, clout, slap, box …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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