cuff

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Etymology 1[edit]

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).

Noun[edit]

cuff ‎(plural cuffs)

  1. (obsolete) glove; mitten.
  2. The end of a shirt sleeve that covers the wrist.
  3. The end of a pants leg, folded up.
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Verb[edit]

cuff ‎(third-person singular simple present cuffs, present participle cuffing, simple past and past participle cuffed)

  1. (transitive) To furnish with cuffs.
  2. (transitive) To handcuff.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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.

Verb[edit]

cuff ‎(third-person singular simple present cuffs, present participle cuffing, simple past and past participle cuffed)

  1. (transitive) To hit, as a reproach, particularly with the open palm to the head; to slap.
    • Shakespeare
      I swear I'll cuff you, if you strike again.
    • Dryden
      They with their quills did all the hurt they could, / And cuffed the tender chickens from their food.
  2. (intransitive) To fight; to scuffle; to box.
    • Dryden
      While the peers cuff to make the rabble sport.
  3. To buffet.
    • Tennyson
      cuffed by the gale
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Noun[edit]

cuff ‎(plural cuffs)

  1. A blow, especially with the open hand; a box; a slap.
    • Spenser
      Snatcheth his sword, and fiercely to him flies; / Who well it wards, and quitten cuff with cuff.
    • Hudibras
      Many a bitter kick and cuff.