cut·​ter | \ ˈkə-tər How to pronounce cutter (audio) \
plural cutters

Definition of cutter

1 : one that cuts:
a : one whose work is cutting or involves cutting wood/glass cutters
b(1) : an instrument, machine, machine part, or tool that cuts
(2) : a device for vibrating a cutting stylus in disc recording also : the stylus or its point
2a : a ship's boat for carrying stores or passengers
b : a single-masted fore-and-aft rigged sailing vessel
c : a small armed vessel in government service
3 baseball : cut fastball His previous three home runs had come on a fastball, a cutter and a slider.— Billy Witz
4 : a light sleigh
5 : a person who cuts himself or herself purposely (see cut entry 1 sense 1f) : a person who engages in cutting The cast includes Jill, a middle-class runaway in love with the romance of risk; Maura, a "cutter" who engages in self-mutilation to thwart her over-controlling father …— Cecelia Goodnow

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Recent Examples on the Web The cottage hospitals were cookie-cutter clapboard buildings designed to be inviting. Longreads, "Switch at Birth — But How?," 9 Apr. 2021 Bishop Borders, the church’s senior pastor, is no cookie-cutter man of the cloth., "This bishop believes that we’re best served by sobering moments — moments just like this," 2 Apr. 2021 While that game did carry some elements of revenge, its refusal to be cliché in its conclusion initially shocked and disappointed some fans, including myself, who’ve grown to expect cookie-cutter, warm resolutions. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, "Love and divorce in a video game? The innovative and weird ‘It Takes Two’," 26 Mar. 2021 Venet moved to Paris in 1951 and was employed as a cutter at Schiaparelli. Vogue, "French Couturier Philippe Venet Has Died at 91," 25 Feb. 2021 Through the matchmaking of a cousin in Malaysia who works as a grass-cutter, Ms. Bibi’s parents found a fiancé for her. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "For Young Rohingya Brides, Marriage Means a Perilous, Deadly Crossing," 17 Oct. 2020 My father used to work as a cutter on a loading dock where big boats would come in and drop off their catch. People Staff,, "This Small Business Owner Found Success by Helping Customers Feel Safe: It's 'a Beautiful Thing'," 3 Sep. 2020 President Donald Trump is positioning himself as a champion regulation-cutter in the leadup to the Nov. 3 election, but in between his showy red-tape-cutting events, his deregulatory agenda is taking a beating in the courts. Kevin Freking And Ellen Knickmeyer, Star Tribune, "Trump talks up his rule-cutting, but courts saying otherwise," 25 July 2020 Has really improved dramatically as a cutter, off-ball player. Ira Winderman,, "Wait, the Heat’s Duncan Robinson can play defense, too? A look at the ‘D’ evolution," 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of cutter

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cutter was in the 15th century

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18 Apr 2021

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“Cutter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cutter

: a person, machine, or tool that cuts something
: a boat on a ship that is used for carrying supplies or passengers to and from the shore
: a small sailing boat with one mast


cut·​ter | \ ˈkə-tər How to pronounce cutter (audio) \

Kids Definition of cutter

1 : someone or something that cuts a diamond cutter a cookie cutter
2 : a boat used by warships for carrying passengers and stores to and from the shore
3 : a small sailing boat with one mast
4 : a small military ship a coast guard cutter

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