cord-cut·​ter ˈkȯrd-ˌkə-tər How to pronounce cord-cutter (audio)
variants or less commonly cord cutter
plural cord-cutters also cord cutters
: someone who chooses to stop subscribing to cable television or to a landline telephone service
And now cord-cutters can watch Olympics coverage on the website and app, too …Noel Murray
It … is a little pricey for catching one game but might be worth it if you're a cord cutter that regularly wants access to live programming.Emily Price
Landline telephone cord-cutters are embracing mobile Internet as well …TendersInfo

Examples of cord-cutter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Netflix said that the median age of its subscriber base is 37 and that 60% are cord-cutters. Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2024 The easiest way for cord-cutters to watch E!’s full coverage online is with a live TV streaming service that carries the network, including DirecTV, Fubo, Hulu + Live TV, Sling and others. Danielle Directo-Meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 May 2024 The new sports package adds one more potential cost for cord-cutters who might already be running up big digital TV bills with other providers, such as Netflix, Prime Video and Peacock. David K. Li, NBC News, 7 Feb. 2024 Though the show won't stream for free, cord-cutters can still watch via an internet cable subscription like Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV. Wesley Stenzel,, 10 Jan. 2024 The monthly pricing will need to be attractive enough to lure cord-nevers and cord-cutters — who have shunned traditional cable and satellite TV — while also ensuring Disney, Fox and WBD avoid cannibalizing their own streaming services and linear networks. Todd Spangler, Variety, 7 Feb. 2024 Courtesy of Prime Video A decade ago, cord-cutters prophesied a world free of exorbitant cable bills where everyone binged The Office without intrusions from advertisers. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, 29 Jan. 2024 In addition, cord-cutters can watch games with any live TV streaming service that carries NBA TV and TNT, like DirecTV Stream. Rudie Obias, Variety, 15 Jan. 2024 Hulu has become a surprisingly good subscription service, particularly for cord-cutters who want to watch new and classic shows. Parker Hall, WIRED, 24 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1998, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cord-cutter was in 1998

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“Cord-cutter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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