Date: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 15:15:02 -0500
From: Alan Baragona baragonasa[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]VAX.VMI.EDU
Subject: cut

Two of my colleagues just asked me about the slang adjective "cut" meaning
"having sharply defined chest muscles" or washboard abdominals. Apparently
very common among weight lifters and physical culture types, not
particularly African-American, though that's how it came up originally.
This meaning does not make it into RHHDAS, which was surprising. Neither is
it in DARE. Just for the hell of it I tried OED2 and, not surprisingly came
up blank. Anybody know anything about the history of this term?


Alan B.