Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive v. To form a cuff or cuffs on.
  • transitive v. To put handcuffs on.
  • idiom off the cuff In an extemporaneous or informal manner.
  • idiom on the cuff On credit.
  • transitive v. To strike with or as if with the open hand; slap.
  • n. A blow or slap with the open hand.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. glove; mitten.
  • n. The end of a shirt sleeve that covers the wrist.
  • n. The end of a pants leg, folded up.
  • v. To furnish with cuffs.
  • v. To handcuff.
  • v. To hit, as a reproach, particularly with the open palm to the head; to slap the head.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • intransitive v. To fight; to scuffle; to box.
  • transitive v. To strike; esp., to smite with the palm or flat of the hand; to slap.
  • transitive v. To buffet.

from The 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

Middle English cuffe, mitten.
Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)
1520, “to hit”, apparently of North Germanic origin, from Norwegian kuffa ("to push, shove") or Swedish kuffa ("to knock, thrust, strike"). Related to Low German kuffen ("to box the ears"), German kuffen ("to thrash"). Perhaps related also to Swedish skuffa ("to push, shove"). More at scuff, shove, scuffle. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • The brand's Grottaminarda gold or silver metal cuff is $5, and all net proceeds go to YouthAIDS.

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  • The sleeves were close-fitting, with a little plain cuff of crepe.

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  • The closer, LHP Eddie Guardado, who has a tear in his left rotator cuff, is throwing pain-free and expected to be ready.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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