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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Gwen shared a clip of The Voice coach helping her son reel in a fish, and everything from their matching outfits to the cheers of excitement when Apollo caught the critter was enough to melt our hearts. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Blake Shelton Took Gwen Stefani on the Sweetest Family Vacation to His Home State," 1 Apr. 2019 Growing up, Asson learned to roast the island critters at roadside and backyard gatherings. Ellie Rushing, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Chicken of the trees: Eating South Florida's iguanas," 29 June 2018 But trout are the glamour species and available only in winter, when water temperatures support the cold-water critters. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Urban trout programs deliver great fishing close to home," 1 Jan. 2018 Parrott said the critters of California Trail, almost all of them orphans, have a story to tell. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Oakland Zoo’s puma cubs get comfortable in their soon-to-open exhibit," 6 May 2018 At Southeast Missouri, which has about 11,500 students, critters will have to be family pets that are quiet, housebroken and get a roommate's sign-off. Karin Brulliard, chicagotribune.com, "Animal house? More colleges are saying yes to dogs and cats in dorms.," 14 Apr. 2018 The attempt at nabbing the dot confirmed that the critters do indeed have 3-D vision. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Praying Mantises Don Tiny Goggles to Help Us Understand 3-D Vision," 10 Feb. 2018 That is to say, wealthy households don't necessarily have more individual critters, but rather a greater variety of bugs. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Rich People Have More Bugs in Their Homes," 4 Aug. 2016 Actually being able to see the world around you through your tent—while simultaneously keeping the critters out—that's it, my friends. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Imagine Stargazing From These Inflatable Bubble Tents," 7 Feb. 2019

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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

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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