A cuff is the very end of a long sleeve or the rolled bottom of your jeans. You might prefer to wear a cuff on the bottom of your pants in order to show off your striped socks.

One kind of cuff is at the end of your sleeve or trouser leg, and another is a type of jewelry you might wear around your wrist, like a wide gold cuff. You can also use the word cuff as shorthand for handcuff, the silver kind that police officers put on suspects' wrists during an arrest. The mid-fourteenth century version was cuffe, and it meant "mitten or glove," from the Medieval Latin cuffia, or "head covering.

Definitions of cuff
  1. noun
    shackle that consists of a metal loop that can be locked around the wrist; usually used in pairs
    synonyms: handcuff, handlock, manacle
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    type of:
    bond, hamper, shackle, trammel
    a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)
  2. verb
    confine or restrain with or as if with manacles or handcuffs
    synonyms: handcuff, manacle
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    type of:
    fetter, shackle
    restrain with fetters
  3. noun
    the lap consisting of a turned-back hem encircling the end of the sleeve or leg
    synonyms: turnup
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    trouser cuff
    a cuff on the bottoms of trouser legs
    type of:
    lap, overlap
    a flap that lies over another part
  4. verb
    hit with the hand
    synonyms: whomp
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    type of:
    hit with something flat, like a paddle or the open hand
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