on the cuff

on the cuff
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [on, awn stressed th ee kuhf]
    • /ɒn, ɔn stressed ði kʌf/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [on, awn stressed th ee kuhf]
    • /ɒn, ɔn stressed ði kʌf/

Definitions of on the cuff words

  • noun on the cuff a fold or band serving as a trimming or finish for the bottom of a sleeve. 1
  • noun on the cuff a turned-up fold, as at the bottom of a trouser leg. 1
  • noun on the cuff the part of a gauntlet or long glove that extends over the wrist. 1
  • noun on the cuff a separate or detachable band or piece of fabric worn about the wrist, inside or outside of the sleeve. 1
  • noun on the cuff an elasticized, ribbed, or reinforced band at the top of a sock or stocking. 1
  • noun on the cuff 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. 1

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Origin of on the cuff

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English cuffe mitten; perhaps akin to Old English cuffie cap < Medieval Latin cuphia coif1

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Parts of speech for On the cuff


on the cuff popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 90% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

on the cuff usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for on the cuff

adj on the cuff

  • beholden — If you are beholden to someone, you are in debt to them in some way or you feel that you have a duty to them because they have helped you.
  • chargeless — without charge; of no cost
  • comp — Comp is short for compensation.
  • comper — a person who regularly enters competitions in newspapers, magazines, etc, esp competitions offering consumer goods as prizes
  • costless — the price paid to acquire, produce, accomplish, or maintain anything: the high cost of a good meal.

noun on the cuff

  • capital outlay — a capital expenditure.
  • credit — If you are allowed credit, you are allowed to pay for goods or services several weeks or months after you have received them.

adjective on the cuff

  • freebie — something given without charge or cost, as a ticket to a performance or sports event or a free sample at a store: Freebies can be very useful in promoting your brand or business.
  • handout — a portion of food or the like given to a needy person, as a beggar.

Antonyms for on the cuff

noun on the cuff

  • discredit — to injure the credit or reputation of; defame: an effort to discredit honest politicians.

adjective on the cuff

  • enslaved — Simple past tense and past participle of enslave.
  • hindered — to cause delay, interruption, or difficulty in; hamper; impede: The storm hindered our progress.
  • ingrateful — Ungrateful; not grateful.

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