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

Definition of critter

: 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


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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Anyone battling the pesky critters known as lice, or superlice, will be thrilled to learn a lice-zapping device has been developed by an Israeli company. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, "Cool new health wearables do everything from killing head lice to curing incontinence," 2 July 2019 Visionary Pets on Parade Lots of four-footed critters, decked out in their gaudiest Fourth of July finery. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Things to do in Baltimore this week: Parades, fireworks, Cirque du Soleil and more," 30 June 2019 For a few days this June, those who want to spend their night cozying up to these critters, drinking marga-rat-a's (sorry), and being thoroughly skeeved out finally have the chance. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "A Pop-Up Café Filled With Live Rats is Headed to San Francisco This Summer," 3 June 2019 Indiana has its fair share of scary pests, ranging from wasps, assassin bugs and stink bugs to more harmful critters, such as poisonous spiders. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "This fish was caught in the Ohio River. If it makes it to Indiana, it could wreak havoc.," 10 Oct. 2018 The idea is to get the humans to fall in love with the critters and take one home. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Cats and yoga: It’s a stretch, but it works," 27 Feb. 2018 The staffers will lead activities in which visitors can interact with the critters in the water. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "S.A. Botanical Garden opening new all-ages play area," 26 Feb. 2018 That was six years ago, and since then, our family has had five epic battles with the critters. Mariko Zapf, Good Housekeeping, "This 3-Step Natural Head Lice Remedy Works For My Family Every Time," 15 Aug. 2017 Sinuous sea horses, leaping dolphins, and mythological sea critters might together seem crazy, but there’s a method to the madness. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Silver Sailing Cups Recall Gilded Age Glamour and Sexuality," 29 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of critter

US, informal : a usually small creature or animal


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

Kids Definition of critter

: a small animal

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something desired as essential

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