See also: Undercut



From Middle English undercutten, equivalent to under- +‎ cut.


  • (noun) IPA(key): /ˈʌndə(ɹ)kʌt/
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  • (verb, adjective) IPA(key): /ˌʌndə(ɹ)ˈkʌt/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌt


undercut (plural undercuts)

  1. A cut made in the lower part of something; the material so removed.
  2. The notch cut in a tree to direct its fall when being felled.
  3. The underside of a sirloin of beef; the fillet.
  4. A hairstyle that is shaved or clipped short on the sides and kept long on the top.
  5. A blow dealt upward.
  6. (motor racing) A pit stop strategy in which a driver seeks to gain an advantage over someone by pitting before them and using fresh tyres to make up time.
    Antonym: overcut



undercut (third-person singular simple present undercuts, present participle undercutting, simple past and past participle undercut)

  1. To sell (something) at a lower price, or to work for lower wages, than a competitor.
    • 1959 November, J. N. Westwood, “The Railways of Canada”, in Trains Illustrated, page 555:
      The fact that, to cover low tariffs on bulk commodities, the railways have to charge very high rates on high-value goods, such as manufactures, has provided road operators with a golden opportunity to undercut the railway.
  2. To create an overhang by cutting away material from underneath.
  3. To undermine.
    • July 18 2012, Scott Tobias, AV Club The Dark Knight Rises[1]
      Though Bane’s sing-song voice gives his pronouncements a funny lilt, he doesn’t have any of the Joker’s deranged wit, and Nolan isn’t interested in undercutting his seriousness for the sake of a breezier entertainment.
  4. To strike a heavy blow upward.



undercut (not comparable)

  1. Produced by undercutting.
  2. Designed so as to cut from the underside.
  3. Having the parts in relief cut under.