cuff
Pronunciation Noun

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, plurale tantum) handcuffs
Related terms Translations Translations Verb

cuff (cuffs, present participle cuffing; past and past participle cuffed)

  1. (transitive) To furnish with cuffs.
  2. (transitive) To handcuff.
1520, “to hit”, apparently of gmq - origin, from Norwegian kuffa or Swedish kuffa, from the Proto-Germanic - base *skuf-, from Proto-Indo-European *skeubʰ-, see also Lithuanian skùbti, Polish skubać, Albanian humb.

Germanic cognates include Low German kuffen, German kuffen. More at scuff, shove, scuffle.

Verb

cuff (cuffs, present participle cuffing; past and past participle cuffed)

  1. (transitive) To hit, as a reproach, particularly with the open palm to the head; to slap.
    • c. 1590–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Taming of the Shrew”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i]:
      I swear I'll cuff you, if you strike again.
    • They with their quills did all the hurt they could, / And cuffed the tender chickens from their food.
  2. (intransitive) To fight; to scuffle; to box.
    • While the peers cuff to make the rabble sport.
  3. To buffet.
    • 1855, Alfred Tennyson, “Maud”, in Maud, and Other Poems, London: Edward Moxon, […], OCLC 1013215631 ↗, page 24 ↗:
      cuffed by the gale
Translations Noun

cuff (plural cuffs)

  1. A blow, especially with the open hand; a box; a slap.
    • Snatcheth his sword, and fiercely to him flies; / Who well it wards, and quitten cuff with cuff.
    • many a bitter kick and cuff
Noun

cuff (plural cuffs)

  1. (Scotland) The scruff of the neck.

Cuff
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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