Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-Vietic *kac, from Proto-Mon-Khmer *kac. Cognate with Pacoh kéiq (to pick, to pluck), Ngeq kɛc, Khmer កាច់ (kac, to break, to snap), Bahnar kĕch (to harvest), Pnar khait (to pick), Kensiu kec. Related to gặt (to harvest).

Unrelated to Chinese (OC *Cə-kˤat) (SV: cát), although the two are sometimes (incorrectly) considered connected.

The Austroasiatic root *kac originally referred to the action of "plucking" and "breaking", with "cutting" being secondary. Not to be confused with the similar-looking root *kat ~ *kaat (to cut), which gave rise to Khmer កាត់ (kat) and Korwa geɖ.


cắt (, , , 𢵷)

  1. to sever using a sharp object; to cut, snip, slit, trim, clip, shear, etc.
    sao chép, cắt và dánto copy, cut and paste
  2. (mathematics) to intersect
    đường thẳng d cắt đường thẳng f tại điểm Bline d intersects line f at point B

See alsoEdit

Derived terms
  • chặt (to chop)
  • thái (to slice)
  • bằm (to mince)
  • chém (to slash)
  • cưa (to saw)
  • Etymology 2Edit

    (This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)


    (classifier con) cắt (𪁄)

    1. a falcon (bird of the genus Falco)
      nhanh như cắtvery quick; very swift (literally, “as swift as a falcon”)