See also: Cuff

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /kʌf/
  • Rhymes: -ʌf
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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English cuffe, coffe (glove, mitten), of obscure origin. Perhaps from Old English cuffie (hood, cap), from Medieval Latin cofia, cofea, cuffa, cuphia (helmet, headdress, hood, cap), from Frankish *kuf(f)ja (headdress), from Proto-West Germanic *kuffju, from Proto-Germanic *kupjō (cap). Cognate with Middle High German kupfe (cap).

NounEdit

cuff (plural cuffs)

  1. (obsolete) glove; mitten
  2. the end of a shirt sleeve that covers the wrist
  3. the end of a pants leg, folded up
  4. (informal, plural only) handcuffs
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VerbEdit

cuff (third-person singular simple present cuffs, present participle cuffing, simple past and past participle cuffed)

  1. (transitive) To furnish with cuffs.
  2. (transitive) To handcuff.
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Etymology 2Edit

1520, “to hit”, apparently of North Germanic origin, from Norwegian kuffa (to push, shove) or Swedish kuffa (to knock, thrust, strike), from the Proto-Germanic base *skuf- (skuƀ), from Proto-Indo-European *skewbʰ-, see also Lithuanian skùbti (to hurry), Polish skubać (to pluck), Albanian humb (to lose).

Germanic cognates include Low German kuffen (to box the ears), German kuffen (to thrash). More at scuff, shove, scuffle.

VerbEdit

cuff (third-person singular simple present cuffs, present participle cuffing, simple past and past participle cuffed)

  1. (transitive) To hit, as a reproach, particularly with the open palm to the head; to slap.
  2. (intransitive) To fight; to scuffle; to box.
  3. To buffet.
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NounEdit

cuff (plural cuffs)

  1. A blow, especially with the open hand; a box; a slap.

Etymology 3Edit

NounEdit

cuff (plural cuffs)

  1. (Scotland) The scruff of the neck.