beater

noun beat·er \ ˈbē-tər \

Definition of beater

1 :one that beats: such as
b :a rotary blade attached to an electric mixer
c :drumstick 1
2 :one who strikes bushes or other cover to rouse game
3 :a dilapidated old automobile :clunker

Examples of beater in a Sentence

  1. driving a rusty old beater

  2. he drives a beater that just barely runs

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First Known Use of beater

14th century

beater Synonyms

Synonyms
clunker, crate, jalopy, junker
Antonyms
loser
Related Words
flivver, hulk, wreck; lemon
Near Antonyms
punching bag, pushover, quitter; failure, flop, washout; underdog

BEATER Defined for English Language Learners

beater

noun

Definition of beater for English Language Learners

  • : a device or tool that is used for beating something

  • : someone who repeatedly hits another person

  • : an old car that is in poor condition



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