critter

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

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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Each one is unique in its size, layout, soil type, problem critters and challenges. oregonlive.com, "Deterring deer without a fence: ’Deer-Resistant Design’ garden book review," 30 July 2019 Unlike the tropical variety, the native plants die down to the ground in the winter, so overwintering critters aren’t an issue, Vanderhoff says. Los Angeles Times, "Pollinators & predators in your garden: How to save one, kill the other," 17 July 2019 And then there are all the things that come with being outside: sun, dirt, bugs and critters. Stephanie Cain, The Seattle Times, "Let’s get married! And go camping!," 13 Sep. 2018 Earth's kerogen was formed when geologic forces compressed the ancient remains of algae and similar critters. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "NASA rover hits organic pay dirt on Mars," 7 June 2018 Ticks require rodent hosts for the first stages of their lifecycle, so eliminating rats, mice, and similar critters from your home and yard is an important first step in reducing the number of ticks on your property. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "Are You Ready for Ticks This Summer?," 14 May 2018 BUSINESS WIRE TECHNOLOGY Apple and Google unveil new emojis Apple and Google rolled out dozens of new emojis that of course include cute critters, but also expand the number of images of human diversity. BostonGlobe.com, "CVS begins human trials of home dialysis machine," 18 July 2019 The teaming of Rogen and Eichner, whose maniacal shtick is amazingly hilarious even as a furry critter, are reason alone why this revamp should exist. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, "Visual majesty elevates live-action ‘Lion King’," 1 July 2019 But other experts suggest that viruses could predate Earth's most ancient critters. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Viruses, explained," 22 Feb. 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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critter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of critter

US, informal : a usually small creature or animal

critter

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

Kids Definition of critter

: a small animal

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