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 entire critter crackled in my mouth like a piece of earthy popcorn. Haley Weiss, The Atlantic, 31 May 2021 The only critter that would consume the entire root of a carrot and not the top is a vole. Ellen Nibali,, 19 May 2021 Another critter that can wreak havoc on your birding supplies? Kelsey Mulvey, Southern Living, 19 May 2021 This goes for cats or any critter that needs to be taken care of. Cathy M. Rosenthal, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Feb. 2021 But on Tuesday, visitors to Antelope Island State Park shot photos and video of a furry black critter running, stopping, and running again across the dry bed of the Great Salt Lake. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 May 2021 The critter is small enough that audience members usually can’t identify it without direction (or a magnifying glass). Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Mar. 2021 Biologists estimate that there are as few as 300 wolverines left in the lower 48, so the chances of spotting this critter are pretty low. Abi Cole, Outdoor Life, 12 Mar. 2021 While nobody wants to have mice invading their homes, the mere thought of killing a tiny critter might put your stomach in knots. Adam Hadhazy, Popular Mechanics, 9 Mar. 2021

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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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20 Jun 2021

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“Critter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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