(noun, adjective, verb)


1. separated into parts or laid open or penetrated with a sharp edge or instrument

- the cut surface was mottled

- cut tobacco

- blood from his cut forehead

Similar word(s): chopped, shredded, sliced, incised, perforated, perforate, pierced, punctured, severed, split

2. fashioned or shaped by cutting

- a well-cut suit

- cut diamonds

- cut velvet

Similar word(s): hewn, sheared, slashed

3. with parts removed

- the drastically cut film

Similar word(s): abridged, shortened

4. made neat and tidy by trimming

Similar word(s): clipped, trimmed

5. (used of grass or vegetation) cut down with a hand implement or machine

Similar word(s): mown

6. (of pages of a book) having the folds of the leaves trimmed or slit

- the cut pages of the book

7. (of a male animal) having the testicles removed

- a cut horse

Similar word(s): castrated, unsexed, emasculated, gelded

8. (used of rates or prices) reduced usually sharply

Similar word(s): decreased, reduced, slashed

9. mixed with water

- sold cut whiskey

Similar word(s): dilute, diluted, thinned, weakened

Sentences with cut as an adjective:

- The pitcher threw a cut fastball that was slower than his usual pitch.

- Cut brandy is a liquor made of brandy and hard grain liquor.


1. a share of the profits

- everyone got a cut of the earnings

Definition categories: possession, part, percentage, portion, share

2. (film) an immediate transition from one shot to the next

- the cut from the accident scene to the hospital seemed too abrupt

Definition categories: communication, transition

3. a trench resembling a furrow that was made by erosion or excavation

Similar word(s): gash

Definition categories: man–made, furrow

4. a step on some scale

- he is a cut above the rest

Definition categories: state, gradation, step

5. a wound made by cutting

- he put a bandage over the cut

Similar word(s): gash, slash, slice

Definition categories: state, lesion, wound

6. a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass

Definition categories: food, meat

7. a remark capable of wounding mentally

- the unkindest cut of all

Similar word(s): stinger

Definition categories: communication, abuse, contumely, insult, revilement, vilification

8. a distinct selection of music from a recording or a compact disc

- he played the first cut on the cd

Similar word(s): track

Definition categories: communication, excerpt, excerption, extract, selection

9. the omission that is made when an editorial change shortens a written passage

Similar word(s): deletion, excision

Definition categories: communication, editing, redaction

10. the style in which a garment is cut

- a dress of traditional cut

Definition categories: thought, fashion

11. a canal made by erosion or excavation

Definition categories: man–made, canal

12. a refusal to recognize someone you know

Similar word(s): snub

Definition categories: act, rebuff, slight

13. in baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball

- he took a vicious cut at the ball

Similar word(s): swing

Definition categories: act, shot, stroke

14. (sports) a stroke that puts reverse spin on the ball

- cuts do not bother a good tennis player

Similar word(s): undercut

Definition categories: act, shot, stroke

15. the division of a deck of cards before dealing

- he insisted that we give him the last cut before every deal

- the cutting of the cards soon became a ritual

Similar word(s): cutting

Definition categories: act, division

16. the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge

- his cut in the lining revealed the hidden jewels

Similar word(s): cutting

Definition categories: act, opening

17. the act of cutting something into parts

- his cuts were skillful

- his cutting of the cake made a terrible mess

Similar word(s): cutting

Definition categories: act, division

18. the act of shortening something by chopping off the ends

- the barber gave him a good cut

Similar word(s): cutting

Definition categories: act, shortening

19. the act of reducing the amount or number

- the mayor proposed extensive cuts in the city budget

Definition categories: act, decrease, diminution, reduction

20. an unexcused absence from class

- he was punished for taking too many cuts in his math class

Definition categories: act, absence

Sentences with cut as a noun:

- Look at this cut on my finger!

- He made a fine cut with his sword.

- a smooth or clear cut

- a cut for a railroad

- The lawyer took a cut of the profits.

- The player next to the dealer makes a cut by placing the bottom half on top.

- I like the cut of that suit.

- That’s our finest cut of meat.

- The drummer on the last cut of their CD is not identified.

- a book illustrated with fine cuts


1. separate with or as if with an instrument

- Cut the rope

Definition categories: contact, disunite, divide, part, separate

2. cut down on; make a reduction in

- The employer wants to cut back health benefits

Similar word(s): reduce, trim

Definition categories: change, decrease, lessen, minify

3. turn sharply; change direction abruptly

- The car cut to the left at the intersection

Similar word(s): curve, sheer, slew, slue, swerve, trend, veer

Definition categories: motion, turn

4. make an incision or separation

- cut along the dotted line

Definition categories: contact

5. discharge from a group

- The coach cut two players from the team

Definition categories: social, discharge, free

6. form by probing, penetrating, or digging

- cut a hole

- cut trenches

- The sweat cut little rivulets into her face

Definition categories: creation, create, make

7. style and tailor in a certain fashion

- cut a dress

Similar word(s): tailor

Definition categories: creation, design

8. hit (a ball) with a spin so that it turns in the opposite direction

- cut a Ping-Pong ball

Definition categories: contact, hit

9. make out and issue

- cut a ticket

Similar word(s): issue

Definition categories: communication, write

10. cut and assemble the components of

- cut recording tape

Similar word(s): edit

Definition categories: change, alter, modify

11. intentionally fail to attend

- cut class

Similar word(s): skip

Definition categories: stative, miss

12. be able to manage or manage successfully

- she could not cut the long days in the office

Similar word(s): hack

Definition categories: social, contend, cope, deal, grapple, manage

13. give the appearance or impression of

- cut a nice figure

Definition categories: perception, appear, look, seem

14. move (one's fist)

- his opponent cut upward toward his chin

Definition categories: motion, move

15. pass directly and often in haste

- We cut through the neighbor's yard to get home sooner

Definition categories: motion, pass

16. pass through or across

- The boat cut the water

Definition categories: motion, transit

17. make an abrupt change of image or sound

- cut from one scene to another

Definition categories: motion, change, shift, switch

18. stop filming

- cut a movie scene

Definition categories: motion, stop

19. make a recording of

- cut the songs

- She cut all of her major titles again

Definition categories: creation, record, tape

20. record a performance on (a medium)

- cut a record

Definition categories: creation, record, tape

21. create by duplicating data

- cut a disk

Similar word(s): burn

Definition categories: creation, create, make, produce

22. form or shape by cutting or incising

- cut paper dolls

Definition categories: creation, create, make

23. perform or carry out

- cut a caper

Definition categories: creation, do, execute, perform

24. function as a cutting instrument

- This knife cuts well

Definition categories: contact, function, go, operate, run, work

25. allow incision or separation

- This bread cuts easily

Definition categories: contact, be

26. divide a deck of cards at random into two parts to make selection difficult

- Wayne cut

- She cut the deck for a long time

Definition categories: contact, mix, ruffle, shuffle

27. cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch

- cut the engine

Definition categories: contact, flip, switch, throw

28. reap or harvest

- cut grain

Definition categories: contact, glean, harvest, reap

29. fell by sawing; hew

- The Vietnamese cut a lot of timber while they occupied Cambodia

Definition categories: contact, drop, fell

30. penetrate injuriously

- The glass from the shattered windshield cut into her forehead

Definition categories: contact, penetrate, perforate

31. refuse to acknowledge

- She cut him dead at the meeting

Similar word(s): disregard, ignore, snub

Definition categories: communication, handle, treat

32. shorten as if by severing the edges or ends of

- cut my hair

Definition categories: change, shorten

33. weed out unwanted or unnecessary things

- We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet

Similar word(s): prune, rationalise, rationalize

Definition categories: change, eliminate, extinguish

34. dissolve by breaking down the fat of

- soap cuts grease

Definition categories: change, dissolve, resolve

35. have a reducing effect

- This cuts into my earnings

Definition categories: change, decrease, lessen, minify

36. cease, stop

- cut the noise

- We had to cut short the conversation

Definition categories: change, disrupt, interrupt

37. reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

Similar word(s): abbreviate, abridge, contract, foreshorten, reduce, shorten

Definition categories: change, decrease, lessen, minify

38. lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture

- cut bourbon

Similar word(s): dilute, reduce, thin

Definition categories: change, weaken

39. have grow through the gums

- The baby cut a tooth

Definition categories: body, acquire, develop, get, grow, produce

40. grow through the gums

- The new tooth is cutting

Definition categories: body, grow

41. cut off the testicles (of male animals such as horses)

Similar word(s): geld

Definition categories: body, castrate, demasculinise, demasculinize, emasculate

Sentences with cut as a verb:

- Would you please cut the cake?

- I have three diamonds to cut today.

- The patient said she had been cutting since the age of thirteen.

- Sarcasm cuts to the quick.

- to cut a horse

- Travis was cut from the team.

- They're going to cut salaries by fifteen percent.

- I cut fifth period to hang out with Angela.

- After the incident at the dinner party, people started to cut him on the street.

- After the actors read their lines, the director yelled "Cut!"

- Select the text, cut it, and then paste it in the other application.

- One student kept trying to cut in front of the line.

- This road cuts right through downtown.

- The football player cut to his left to evade a tackle.

- If you cut then I'll deal.

- cut orders;  cut a check

- The bartender cuts his beer to save money and now it's all watery.

- Cut the engines when the plane comes to a halt!