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 personSale 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 Luckily a bioblitz doesn’t mean your kid has to count every single critter in your backyard. Avery Hurt, National Geographic, "Take kids on a backyard safari," 26 June 2020 The woman from the leasing office gladly took the critter off their hands and later informed them that the spider had been released back into the wild. Fox News, "Massive spider found clinging to Texas home: 'I was terrified!'," 25 June 2020 When the weather is right, there’s nothing like letting in loads of fresh air without allowing your home to become a bug and critter free-for-all. Southern Living, "How To Clean Pollen Off Your Screen Door Without Having a Major Allergy Attack in the Process," 12 June 2020 The other is to go to a state where hunting mountain lions is allowed, wait for a good snow, cut a fresh cat track, and then go chasing the critter through the mountains behind a barking pack of hounds. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Timeless Hunting Skills," 4 June 2020 The snot houses often are nearly transparent and flow all around the critter that looks like a tadpole, but isn’t. Seth Borenstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Scientists learn how tiny critters make ocean ‘snot palaces’," 3 June 2020 The company gave a February release date for Pokémon Home, a cloud solution for franchise fans to connect all their critters from past games. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Nintendo will charge for new Pokemon Sword and Shield content. Some fans aren't happy," 9 Jan. 2020 With that in mind, is asking pet lovers throughout Alabama to send us photos of your beloved critters in costume. Mary Colurso |, al, "Got photos of your pets in Halloween costumes? We’d like to see them," 11 Oct. 2019 But upperclassmen living in one of the college’s three apartment buildings have the opportunity to bring their critters to campus. Kelly Meyerhofer,, "Wisconsin college offers pets as new on-campus living perk," 27 Aug. 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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The first known use of critter was in 1815

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1 Jul 2020

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“Critter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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