AskDefine | Define undercut

Dictionary Definition



1 the material removed by a cut made underneath
2 the tender meat of the loin muscle on each side of the vertebral column [syn: tenderloin]
3 a notch cut in the trunk of tree in order to determine the direction of its fall
4 (sports) a stroke that puts reverse spin on the ball; "cuts do not bother a good tennis player" [syn: cut]
5 a cut made underneath to remove material


1 sell cheaper than one's competition [syn: undersell]
2 cut away material from the underside of (an object) so as to leave an overhanging portion in relief
3 cut away the underpart of; "undercut a vein of ore"
4 strike (the ball) in golf, tennis, or hockey obliquely downward so as to give a backspin or elevation to the shot
5 cut obliquely into (a tree) below the main cut and on the side toward which the tree will fall [also: undercutting]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A cut made in the lower part of something; the material so removed.
  2. The notch cut in a tree to direct its fall when being felled.


  1. To sell (something) at a lower price, or to work for lower wages, than a competitor.
  2. To create an overhang by cutting away material from underneath.

Extensive Definition

The undercut is a haircut much like a bowl cut except the ridge of the bowl is not where the cutting ends. The ridge of the bowl is lifted so the hair is clipper cut further up the side of the head an additional one to two inches. This allows the head to be shaken and the bowl look will always return to its regular shape. The sides may either be "white-walled" or cut to 1/8" (3 mm) length. The bottom of the back may be either faded or square cut.
An undercut refers more generally to any hairstyle where the sides and/or back of the head are closely trimmed or shaved while hair on top of the head remains long. Such hairstyles are popular among rivetheads and members of the cyber subculture.

See also

undercut in German: Undercut
undercut in Swedish: Undercut

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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