Green’s Dictionary of Slang

nut-cut n.

[Hindustani ???? na?kha?, rogue, sharper, cheat; modern Hindi use, a brat, a naughty child (properly an adj. = roguish, waggish, artful, shrewd, trickish, and (of kids) naughty, fretful)]

(Anglo-Ind.) a roguish individual.

T.H. Williamson East India Vade-Mecum 413: Sometimes the farce is concluded by a shower of clods, &c., thrown from a distance, and the whole fly in confusion. This is a device practised on the liberal, under the representation of the dealer in wood and wire-work, that some of the nutkuts, or frolicksome youths, of the camp, have battered the whole of the paraphernalia to pieces.
[Ind]F.J. Bellew ‘Memoirs of a Griffin’ in Asiatic Jrnl & Mthly Register July 157: The cornet said: ‘The Begum has been asking about you; she says you look very young; quite a chokra (boy) [...] she dares to say, you are a bit of a nut cut (roguish fellow) for all that.’.
[Ind]J.W. Kaye Peregrine Pultuney I 258: ‘Nut-cut bad word, very. You Englese say ruska [i.e. rascal] — bad man’.
[Aus]Sth Australian Reg. (Adelaide) 31 Jan. 4/4: There are nests of these nut-cuts established in various districts, who live entirely by the smashing system; and so ably do they carry on their illicit calling that they do not create even suspicion, and are therefore proportionately free from detection.
[UK]Man about Town 9 Oct. 34/3: A nut kut, with a cigar in his mouth, told me they were rococo [...] His manner was deuced important and I felt disposed to give him bamboo backshish.
L. Emmanuel Jottings [...] of a Bengal ‘qui hye’' 128: Old W- , indeed , was so anxious and so dearly prized his ‘Nut-kut’ ( wicked ) beast , that he wanted to offer a hundred Rupees.
[UK]Kipling ‘The Hands of Justice’ in From Sea to Sea (NY) (1899) 323: ‘Peroo, you are a nut-cut (a young imp).’.
[Ind]Kipling Kim in McClure’s Mag. Mar. 463/1: ‘That is a nut-cut (rogue),’ she said. ‘All police-constables are nut-cuts; but the police-wallahs are the worst’.