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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An ant colony, a sloth, kangaroos, rabbits, lizards, pigs, crabs, wallabies and monkeys are among the critters American has been asked to transport. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Smells, growls and disputes: AA urges DOT to allow only trained service dogs in airline cabins," 10 July 2018 McIlroy, who laughed as the critter scampered about, eventually shanked his drive. Christopher Hanna, courant.com, "From Best Round To Top Moments, Here Are The 2018 Travelers Highlights," 25 June 2018 And the critters have residents steamed up — literally. Ellie Rushing, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Out of control iguanas infesting South Florida," 22 June 2018 This is not the place for designer duds because the critters often regard clothing as chewing gum. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Arizona road trip: Williams has Route 66, Bearizona and cool summer fun," 15 June 2018 Before long, a Twitter account for the climbing critter was created, and an Internet star was born. Eli Meixler, Time, "Free Climbing Raccoon Captures Hearts and Minds Scaling Minnesota Skyscraper," 13 June 2018 By late Tuesday morning, the critter was spotted a few stories up on a window ledge, its brownish body just a smudge on the building's concrete and mottled stone exterior. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "A raccoon is scaling the side of a tall skyscraper, and it's incredibly stressful," 12 June 2018 Having to read the subtitles will limit it to older audiences in America, but even those who can't yet read would be wooed by the adorable critters. Laura Demarco, cleveland.com, "Cleveland International Film Festival: Who's in Town April 5," 5 Apr. 2018 In a pair of videos mom Khloé Kardashian shared to her Snapchat account Wednesday, the baby girl — who turns 3 months old on Thursday — is a precious little critter in two different animal-ear filters. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian Take Their Daughters to 'Baby Class' with Cousin Dream," 11 July 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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