critter

noun
crit·​ter | \ ˈkri-tər How to pronounce critter (audio) \

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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Interior’s supposedly radical change is that the agency should first consider where a critter actually lives and clarify under what circumstances unoccupied land might be included. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Endangered Species Scare," 26 July 2018 Fortunately, things are starting to look up for the carnivorous critters. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Endangered Eastern Quolls Are Born on Mainland Australia for the First Time in 50 Years," 10 July 2018 And this animal-loving owner recently figured out how to combine his passion for critters with his bar business. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Who let the dogs out? City Lounge in Cudahy opens dog-friendly beer garden," 30 May 2018 Morgan's Point firefighters are encouraged to shake out their fire gear and check their boots for critters. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Texas man shocked as 7-foot snake wrapped around front door grille moves in for a 'closer look'," 25 May 2018 College campuses, especially in California, appear to be near-perfect dwellings for squirrels, with or without democratic representation for the critters. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "A squirrel named Furry Boi wins UC Berkeley student government election | The Sacramento Bee," 21 Apr. 2018 Large animals also create living spaces for smaller critters. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, "In 200 Years Cows May Be the Biggest Land Mammals on the Planet," 20 Apr. 2018 The Meeting: Crowded room for critters The DNR first introduced and recommended the bobcat and animal control rules, part of a larger rule package, to the Commission in Sept. 2017. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Hoosiers to DNR: 'Stop the murder' of bobcats, raccoons, coyotes and opossums," 23 Mar. 2018 This is troubling, for countless critters depend on coral reefs for their survival. The Economist, "Mass die-offs are driving efforts to create hardier corals," 15 Mar. 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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The first known use of critter was in 1815

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critter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of critter

US, informal : a usually small creature or animal

critter

noun
crit·​ter | \ ˈkri-tər How to pronounce critter (audio) \

Kids Definition of critter

: a small animal

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