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
Recent Examples of cleaver from the Web
In THE AXEMAN OF NEW ORLEANS: The True Story (Chicago Review, $26.99) Miriam C. Davis resurrects a madman with a meat cleaver (the ax came later) who made his first attack on a summer night in 1910.
Turkey’s passion for soccer often turns violent, and police search fans entering stadiums to seize weapons ranging from pocket change to kebab cleavers.
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First Known Use of cleaver
CLEAVER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cleaver for English Language Learners
: a heavy knife with a wide blade used for cutting up large pieces of meat
CLEAVER Defined for Kids
Definition of cleaver for Students
: a heavy knife used for cutting up meat
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