(noun, adjective, verb)


1. (of speech) harsh or hurtful in tone or character

- cutting remarks

Similar word(s): unkind, edged, stinging

2. unpleasantly cold and damp

Similar word(s): cold, bleak, raw

3. painful as if caused by a sharp instrument

- a cutting wind

Similar word(s): sharp, keen, knifelike, lancinate, lancinating, piercing, stabbing

Sentences with cutting as an adjective:

- I need some sort of cutting utensil to get through this shrink wrap.

- The director gave the auditioning actors cutting criticism.


1. the activity of selecting the scenes to be shown and putting them together to create a film

Definition categories: act

2. a part (sometimes a root or leaf or bud) removed from a plant to propagate a new plant through rooting or grafting

Similar word(s): slip

Definition categories: plant, stalk, stem

3. the act of cutting something into parts

- his cuts were skillful

- his cutting of the cake made a terrible mess

Similar word(s): cut

Definition categories: act, division

4. a piece cut off from the main part of something

Definition categories: object, part, piece

5. an excerpt cut from a newspaper or magazine

Similar word(s): clipping

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

6. removing parts from hard material to create a desired pattern or shape

Similar word(s): carving

Definition categories: act

7. 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): cut

Definition categories: act, division

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

- his cut in the lining revealed the hidden jewels

Similar word(s): cut

Definition categories: act, opening

9. the act of diluting something

- the cutting of whiskey with water

Similar word(s): thinning

Definition categories: act, dilution

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

- the barber gave him a good cut

Similar word(s): cut

Definition categories: act, shortening

Sentences with cutting as a noun:

- How many different cuttings can this movie undergo?

- The actor had to make his cutting shorter to fit the audition time.


1. present participle of cut