cleaver

noun
cleav·​er | \ ˈklē-vər How to pronounce cleaver (audio) \

Definition of cleaver

1 : one that cleaves especially : a butcher's implement for cutting animal carcasses into joints or pieces
2 : a prehistoric stone tool having a sharp edge at one end

Examples of cleaver in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Last month, a young man from Pakistan was arrested after attacking two people with a meat cleaver outside the former offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Fox News, "Suspect in teacher's beheading in France was Chechen teen," 17 Oct. 2020 The easiest way to slice it is by chopping it with a sharp cleaver, instead of sawing, which will damage the skin. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "5 recipes to bring comfort, from Hainanese chicken rice to stewed short ribs with adobo," 30 Oct. 2020 Last month, a young man from Pakistan was arrested after attacking two people with a meat cleaver outside the former Charlie Hebdo offices. Bloomberg.com, "Suspect in Teacher's Beheading in France Was Chechen Teen," 17 Oct. 2020 Last month, a young man from Pakistan was arrested after attacking two people with a meat cleaver outside the former Charlie Hebdo offices. Thomas Adamson, Star Tribune, "Suspect in teacher's beheading in France was Chechen teen," 17 Oct. 2020 Late last month, a man who emigrated to France from Pakistan used a meat cleaver to attack and wound two people outside the former offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "France attack: Teacher killed in gruesome assault near Paris, terror investigation launched," 16 Oct. 2020 Less than a month ago, a man originally from Pakistan used a meat cleaver to attack and wound two people who were on a cigarette break outside the offices where Charlie Hebdo was based at the time of the 2015 attack. NBC News, "Decapitated French teacher warned not to show Prophet Muhammad images before 'Islamist' attack," 16 Oct. 2020 Last month a man used a meat cleaver to stab two people outside the former Charlie Hebdo office in Paris. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Terrorism investigation underway after French police shoot and kill man who decapitated teacher in Paris," 16 Oct. 2020 Forged in Germany, Wusthof’s santoku knife marries the best elements of a chef’s knife and a cleaver. Popular Science, "These pieces of kitchen gear make excellent gifts," 5 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of cleaver

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Cleaver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cleaver. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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cleaver

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cleaver

: a heavy knife with a wide blade used for cutting up large pieces of meat

cleaver

noun
cleav·​er | \ ˈklē-vər How to pronounce cleaver (audio) \

Kids Definition of cleaver

: a heavy knife used for cutting up meat

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