Meaning of cuff


Pronunciation: (kuf), [key]
— n.
  1. a fold or band serving as a trimming or finish for the bottom of a sleeve.
  2. a turned-up fold, as at the bottom of a trouser leg.
  3. the part of a gauntlet or long glove that extends over the wrist.
  4. a separate or detachable band or piece of fabric worn about the wrist, inside or outside of the sleeve.
  5. an elasticized, ribbed, or reinforced band at the top of a sock or stocking.
  6. a band of leather or other material, wider than a collar, sewed around the outside of the top of a shoe or boot to serve as a trimming or finish.
  7. a handcuff.
  8. a bandlike muscle or group of muscles encircling a body part.
  9. a horizontal strip of veneer used as an ornament on a leg.
  10. an inflatable wrap placed around the upper arm and used in conjunction with a device for recording blood pressure.
  11. I'm telling you this strictly off the cuff.
    1. extemporaneously; on the spur of the moment.
    2. unofficially or informally:I'm telling you this strictly off the cuff.
  12. He enjoyed his meal the more because it was on the cuff.
    1. with the promise of future payment; on credit.
    2. without charge; with no payment expected:He enjoyed his meal the more because it was on the cuff.
  1. to make a cuff or cuffs on: to cuff a pair of trousers.
  2. to put handcuffs on.


Pronunciation: (kuf), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to strike with the open hand; beat; buffet.
  1. a blow with the fist or the open hand; buffet.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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