American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fold used as trimming at the bottom of a sleeve.
- n. A band, often having an opening with a button closure, at the bottom of a sleeve.
- n. The turned-up fold at the bottom of a trouser leg.
- n. The band at the top of a sock.
- n. The part of a glove that extends over the wrist.
- n. A handcuff.
- n. Medicine An inflatable band, usually wrapped around the upper arm, that is used along with a sphygmomanometer in measuring arterial blood pressure.
- v. To form a cuff or cuffs on.
- v. To put handcuffs on.
- idiom. off the cuff In an extemporaneous or informal manner.
- idiom. on the cuff On credit.
- v. To strike with or as if with the open hand; slap.
- n. A blow or slap with the open hand.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To strike with or as with the open hand.
- To buffet in any way.
- To fight; scuffle.
- n. A blow with the open hand; a box; any stroke with the hand or fist.
- n. A blow or stroke from or with anything.
- n. A glove; a mitten.
- n. A distinct terminal part of a sleeve at the wrist, intended for embellishment. The cuff was made originally by turning back the sleeve itself and showing either the same material as that of the sleeve or a different material used as a lining. In the fifteenth century a prominent part of the dress was the large cuff, which could be turned down so as to cover the hand to the finger-tips, and when turned back reached nearly to the elbow. In modern times the coat-sleeve has been sometimes made with a cuff which can be turned down over the hand, though not intended to be so used, and sometimes with a semblance of a cuff, indicated by braid and buttons, or by a facing of velvet or other material, or merely by a line or lines of stitching around the sleeve.
- n. A band of linen, lace, or the like, taking the place of, and covering a part of the sleeve in the same manner as, the turned-up cuff. In the seventeenth century such cuffs, worn by ladies, were often extremely rich, of expensive lace, and reached nearly to the elbow. Plain linen cuffs were also worn about 1640, and were especially affected by the Puritans in England. When the plain linen wristband worn attached to the shirt by men first came into use, in the early part of the nineteenth century, it was commonly turned back over the sleeve, and was a true cuff.
- n. In recent times, a separate band of linen or other material worn about the wrist and appearing below the end of the sleeve. As worn by men, it is buttoned to the wristband of the shirt.
- n. That part of a long glove which covers the wrist and forearm, especially when stiff and exhibiting a cylindrical or conical form.
- n. The scruff of the neck; the nape.
- v. transitive To hit, as a reproach, particularly with the open palm to the head; to slap the head.
- n. obsolete glove; mitten.
- n. The end of a shirt sleeve that covers the wrist.
- n. The end of a pants leg, folded up.
- v. transitive To furnish with cuffs.
- v. transitive To handcuff.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To strike; esp., to smite with the palm or flat of the hand; to slap.
- v. To buffet.
- v. To fight; to scuffle; to box.
- n. A blow; esp.,, a blow with the open hand; a box; a slap.
- n. The fold at the end of a sleeve; the part of a sleeve turned back from the hand.
- n. Any ornamental appendage at the wrist, whether attached to the sleeve of the garment or separate; especially, in modern times, such an appendage of starched linen, or a substitute for it of paper, or the like.
- n. the lap consisting of a turned-back hem encircling the end of the sleeve or leg
- v. confine or restrain with or as if with manacles or handcuffs
- v. hit with the hand
- n. shackle that consists of a metal loop that can be locked around the wrist; usually used in pairs
- 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-Germanic *kupjō (“cap”). Cognate with Middle High German kupfe ("cap"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English cuffe, mitten.Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The only other tourism thing that I can think of off the cuff is the Pancho Villa Museum, worth the time if you are in Chihuahua City.”
“An endotracheal tube cuff is not protective against aspiration. 2 For these reasons, Syrup of Ipecac is the preferred method of gastric emptying, provided the patient has a gag reflex, is alert, and is likely to remain so, and provided the substance is not expected to cause seizures. 2,10”
“A cuff from the master and a sharp word had then compelled him to permit their caresses, though he growled and growled under their tiny hands, and in the growl there was no crooning note.”
“The cuff is just one element of a tangled web of tubes and wires, EKG leads taped to the hairs of my chest, while a pint of fresh blood drips slowly into an IV line, and oxygen meter taped to my left ring finger that glows red and adds a weird ET vibe to the whole affair.”
“The brand's Grottaminarda gold or silver metal cuff is $5, and all net proceeds go to YouthAIDS.”
“The first thing I see right off the cuff is this group is still in love with LaVey and his plagiarist thoughts!”
“The sleeves were close-fitting, with a little plain cuff of crepe.”
“The closer, LHP Eddie Guardado, who has a tear in his left rotator cuff, is throwing pain-free and expected to be ready.”
“Because of White Fang's very great love, a cuff from the master hurt him far more than any beating Gray Beaver or Beauty Smith had ever given him.”
“Fang’s very great love, a cuff from the master hurt him far more than any beating Grey Beaver or Beauty Smith had ever given him.”
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