from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To strike with or as if with the open hand; slap.
  • noun A blow or slap with the open hand.
  • noun A fold used as trimming at the bottom of a sleeve.
  • noun A band, often having an opening with a button closure, at the bottom of a sleeve.
  • noun The turned-up fold at the bottom of a trouser leg.
  • noun The band at the top of a sock.
  • noun The part of a glove that extends over the wrist.
  • noun A bracelet consisting of a curved, open-ended band, as of metal or resin, that fits the wrist firmly without a clasp.
  • noun A handcuff.
  • noun Medicine An inflatable band, usually wrapped around the upper arm, that is used along with a sphygmomanometer in measuring arterial blood pressure.
  • transitive verb To form a cuff or cuffs on.
  • transitive verb To put handcuffs on.
  • idiom (off the cuff) In an extemporaneous or informal manner.
  • idiom (on the cuff) On credit.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To strike with or as with the open hand.
  • To buffet in any way.
  • To fight; scuffle.
  • noun A blow with the open hand; a box; any stroke with the hand or fist.
  • noun A blow or stroke from or with anything.
  • noun The scruff of the neck; the nape.
  • noun A glove; a mitten.
  • noun A distinct terminal part of a sleeve at the wrist, intended for embellishment.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun That part of a long glove which covers the wrist and forearm, especially when stiff and exhibiting a cylindrical or conical form.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A blow; esp.,, a blow with the open hand; a box; a slap.
  • noun The fold at the end of a sleeve; the part of a sleeve turned back from the hand.
  • noun 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 verb To fight; to scuffle; to box.
  • transitive verb To strike; esp., to smite with the palm or flat of the hand; to slap.
  • transitive verb To buffet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun the lap consisting of a turned-back hem encircling the end of the sleeve or leg
  • verb confine or restrain with or as if with manacles or handcuffs
  • verb hit with the hand
  • noun shackle that consists of a metal loop that can be locked around the wrist; usually used in pairs


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English cuffe, mitten.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").


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