cotter

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noun (1)

cot·​ter ˈkä-tər How to pronounce cotter (audio)
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: a wedge-shaped or tapered piece used to fasten together parts of a structure
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cottered adjective
cotterless adjective

cotter

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noun (2)

cot·​ter

variant spelling of cottar

: a peasant or farm laborer who occupies a cottage and sometimes a small holding of land usually in return for services

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cotter was in the 15th century

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“Cotter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cotter. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

cotter

noun
cot·​ter ˈkät-ər How to pronounce cotter (audio)
: a wedge-shaped piece used to fasten parts together
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