cuff [1] NOUN 1) the end part of a sleeve, where the material of the sleeve is turned back or a separate band is sewn on. 2) chiefly N. Amer. a trouser turn-up. 3) (cuffs) informal handcuffs.
VERB informal secure with handcuffs.
off the cuff — Cf. ↑off the cuff
DERIVATIVES cuffed adjective.
ORIGIN of unknown origin.
cuff [2] VERB strike with an open hand, especially on the head.
NOUN a blow given with an open hand.
ORIGIN of unknown origin.

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  • Cuff — Cuff, n. A blow; esp.,, a blow with the open hand; a box; a slap. [1913 Webster] Snatcheth his sword, and fiercely to him flies; Who well it wards, and quitten cuff with cuff. Spenser. [1913 Webster] Many a bitter kick and cuff. Hudibras. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • cuff — cuff1 [kuf] n. [by sense extension < ME cuffe, coffe, hand covering, glove < ? ML cuffia, head covering, parallel with OFr coife: see COIF] 1. a band or fold at the end of a sleeve, either sewed in or detachable 2. a turned up fold at the… …   English World dictionary

  • Cuff — (k?f), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cuffed} (k?ft); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cuffing}.] [Cf. Sw. kuffa to knock, push,kufva to check, subdue, and E. cow, v. t. ] 1. To strike; esp., to smite with the palm or flat of the hand; to slap. [1913 Webster] I swear I ll …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cuff — Cuff, v. i. To fight; to scuffle; to box. [1913 Webster] While the peers cuff to make the rabble sport. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cuff — Cuff, n. [Perh. from F. coiffe headdress, hood, or coif; as if the cuff were a cap for the hand. Cf. {Coif}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The fold at the end of a sleeve; the part of a sleeve turned back from the hand. [1913 Webster] He would visit his… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cuff — Cuff, Le Cuff Nom breton qui signifie doux, paisible …   Noms de famille

  • cuff — [n] beating with hands belt, biff, box, buffet, chop, clip, clout, hit, knock, poke, punch, rap, slap, smack, sock, thump, wallop, whack; concept 189 cuff [v] beat with hands bat, belt, biff, box, buffet, clap, clobber*, clout, hit, knock, pummel …   New thesaurus

  • cuff — index beat (strike) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • cuff — vb *strike, hit, smite, punch, slug, slog, swat, clout, slap, box …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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