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 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, "How to Get Rid of Mice in Your Home," 9 Mar. 2021 The red-shouldered hawk in the shot above seems to be nabbing a breakfast critter from atop my gravity feeder. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "Our 21 Favorite Trail Camera Photos," 10 Dec. 2020 Caring for the little critter named Bacon wasn’t just a project for Kammi. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "'Pig Royalty,' a new reality series on Discovery+, spotlights San Antonio-area families," 31 Mar. 2021 Most people, including biologists, now generally refer to them as Eastern coyotes (Canis latrans), but sometimes even the scientists aren’t exactly sure where this critter falls in the taxonomic spectrum. Popular Science, "Eastern coyotes are increasingly common—here are 5 facts to know about them," 12 Mar. 2021 To everyone’s astonishment, the dusty critter buried 31 years earlier was still alive. al, "Fire ants accidentally sent to Alabama in 1930s helping wipe out Texas horned lizards," 4 Mar. 2021 The answer is that a 42- or 43-inch bull today, while no candidate for Rowland Ward’s records, is still a mighty scarce critter, and anything over 45 inches is one hell of a good bull. Robert Ruark, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: Suicide Made Easy," 1 Dec. 2020 The smallest critter, Ikaria, which Droser and her colleagues recently discovered, was about the size and shape of a grain of rice. Tim Childers, Popular Mechanics, "Humans Share Genes With Weird Headless Creatures," 19 Mar. 2021 While far different in lifestyle -- one as a critter and the other a bush – oysters and mangroves are both good guys that are critical for the wellness of coastal ecosystems. Kevin Spear,, "Climate surprise: Warming planet helps Florida mangroves conquer oysters," 5 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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3 May 2021

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“Critter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 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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