beat·​er | \ ˈbē-tər How to pronounce beater (audio) \

Definition of beater

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

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Synonyms for beater


clunker, crate, jalopy, junker

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Examples of beater in a Sentence

driving a rusty old beater he drives a beater that just barely runs

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Photos shared during Thursday’s news conference showed Honeychurch playfully licking the beaters of an automatic hand mixer. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A serial killer nabbed in the Bay Area ‘tried to erase his victims.’ But 3 bodies hidden in barrels have now been ID’d.," 7 June 2019 Washington answered with a 13-0 run to end the quarter — capped by a 40-foot buzzer-beater from Jordan McRae — and cut the deficit to 92-90. John Coon, The Seattle Times, "Mitchell powers Jazz to 128-124 win over Wizards," 29 Mar. 2019 In a separate large bowl, using the electric mixer (no need to clean the beaters), beat the cream of coconut and the remaining cup of cream until stiff peaks form. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Frozen S'mores," 14 Mar. 2019 The buzzer-beater from this Icelandic playoff game is pretty incredible on its own. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "'NEI!!!!!!' Icelandic basketball announcers go bonkers over insane buzzer beater," 21 Mar. 2018 Hinojosa would answer with one of his 3-point goals, before Martinez scored his next two including a buzzer beater. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Bondy boys secure 8th-grade Light championship," 26 Jan. 2018 In 2010, Izzo had one of his worst Final Four teams—the Spartans needed a buzzer-beater just to beat Maryland in the second round, and they were battered by injuries. Michael Rosenberg,, "The Big Ten's NCAA Championship Drought Is Confounding—Could This Be the Year it Ends?," 15 Mar. 2018 The Trojans, after absorbing and responding to every punch that came their way, were shattered by a buzzer-beater from Bedford North Lawrence senior McKenzie Messmore in Saturday’s Class 4A regional final at Columbus North. Tyler Fenwick, Indianapolis Star, "IHSAA girls basketball: Center Grove's run ends on buzzer-beater," 10 Feb. 2018 Until then, 100 keepsake numbered units of the stand mixer with glass bowl and flex edge beater will be released exclusively on Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "KitchenAid’s New Queen of Hearts Mixer Is H-O-T," 28 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of beater

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of beater

: a device or tool that is used for beating something
: someone who repeatedly hits another person
US, informal : an old car that is in poor condition

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