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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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
Recent Examples on the Web The highlight of Tumbleweed Park is Playtopia, a 2.5-acre children's play area comprising themed areas that celebrate Chandler's history and heritage, including farm land, city land and critter land. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 5 July 2022 If the culprit is a weevil, go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief—and maybe even check the critter out. Korin Miller, SELF, 12 July 2022 Keep your cat from chasing other pets — or your robot vacuum — by giving them this robot critter to stalk. Jessica Hartshorn, Good Housekeeping, 14 June 2022 After downloading this bat stencil and tracing the shapes, cut them out and place them atop each critter made. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 5 July 2022 How about SpongeBob, Bob Marley, J.R.R. Tolkien and a certain flying red-nosed critter? Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 May 2022 These little critter bots are still in development, but the researchers envision a future that could include minimally invasive surgeries or even flight. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 28 May 2022 The fan didn’t appear to let the critter loose either. Mark Heim |, al, 14 May 2022 Some miserable human critter published their real identities. Michael Lapointe, The New Yorker, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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7 Aug 2022

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“Critter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of critter

: a small animal


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