critter

noun
crit·​ter | \ˈkri-tər \

Definition of critter 

informal

: an animal : creature sense 1 Most of her sublime illustrations involve hippos and pigs, which are appealing critters, especially when they have a few chocolate smudges around the mouth.People Weekly When the wind is blowing just so, the field is set afire on three sides, and all manner of critters get flushed out of one end—snakes, possums, raccoons, and rabbits, lots of rabbits.— Alexander Wolff Flies, gnats, mosquitoes, ticks, mites and lice pester your horse year-round. If you ignore them, these critters can cause your equine friend months of misery.— Charlene Strickland sometimes used of a person Sale admits that humans, being the relatively big-brained critters we are, cannot do without technology …— M. Kujawa

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Synonyms for critter

Synonyms

animal, beast, beastie, brute, creature

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Examples of critter in a Sentence

The woods are filled with skunks, raccoons, and other critters. she's so fond of every kind of critter that she ought to be a veterinarian

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By 1966, some of the critters had also evolved resistance to then-popular pesticides such as malathion, diazinon and fenthion. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018 All kinds of Alaska critters wander around the park: wood bison, bears, moose, elk, musk ox, lynx among others. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Playing tour guide this summer for visitors to Alaska? Here are some fun itineraries," 7 July 2018 Seen: An image of the little critters burrowing around. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "19 Lessons I Learned from Extreme Sports Pros," 25 June 2018 And in recent decades, researchers have been slowly teasing apart how clear (or blurry) each critter's view of the world is. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "How Does Your Vision Compare to Other Critters in the Animal Kingdom?," 7 June 2018 There are a lot of critters that are happy to help themselves to your tender vegetable starts. OregonLive.com, "How to clear soil choked with old roots: Ask an expert," 6 June 2018 Midges are rising up from Lake Michigan like squadrons of tiny fighter jets, annoying humans unlucky enough to pass through a cloud of the buzzing critters. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Those clouds of midges really do have a purpose, so close your mouth. Literally.," 2 May 2018 Archaea are also extraordinary in their ability to produce methane as a result of their metabolism—another trait that helps them tolerate environs lethal to other critters. David P. Barash, WSJ, "‘The Tangled Tree’ Review: From Tiny Seeds," 9 Aug. 2018 Remarkably, scientists believe that the creature consumed around a ton of food per day to sustain itself, including whales and other large marine critters like sea lions. Fox News, "Megalodon: Terrifying facts about this prehistoric monster," 9 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of critter

1815, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for critter

by alteration

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critter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of critter

: a usually small creature or animal

critter

noun
crit·​ter | \ˈkri-tər \

Kids Definition of critter

: a small animal

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