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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Synonyms for cutter


blade, knife, shank [slang], shiv [slang]

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His average fastball velocity (91.8 mph) has been good but not as important as the shape of his cutter. Mike Digiovanna,, "Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen goes for a casual balk," 15 June 2019 Recipe: One-Bowl Blackberry Cobbler With Easy Cinnamon-Sugar Buttermilk Biscuits Here, sweetened blackberries are blanketed with a glorious topping of easy-peasy biscuits that do not require a biscuit cutter. Jessie Sheehan, Washington Post, "Just one bowl to wash: How to simplify your baking, and cleanup," 10 June 2019 Arriving, June 5, 4 p.m. Departing, June 9, 11 a.m. USCGC Terrapin (WPB 87366): Terrapin is a cutter based out of Bellingham., "Portland Fleet Week 2019 begins Wednesday: What you need to need to know about bridge lifts, ships and tours," 4 June 2019 Standing next to me, Lukasz Dominikowski, armed with his asparagus cutter (a long, flat tool with a sharp, forked blade), has detected a ripple. Christie Dietz, National Geographic, "Calling all foodies: Germany's 'white gold' season is in full swing," 14 May 2019 The problem for Rivera, however, was that his cutter, the pitch that turned hundreds of bats into sawdust and dominated pretty much everybody, played directly into Martínez’s strengths. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Mariano Rivera Elected Unanimously to Baseball Hall of Fame," 22 Jan. 2019 Oliver Chase, a young English newcomer, invented a lozenge cutter. Fox News, "Candy company behind Necco Wafers, Sweethearts sold," 23 May 2018 The latest: House Bill 227 is unfair and confusing, former top regulator says More on the proposal: Compromise or 'cutter sham'? Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky solar energy proposal shows politicians don't mind screwing the little guy," 23 Mar. 2018 This condominium community leaves the crowding, cookie-cutter sameness and lack of privacy behind, thanks to the work of builder Mark Lavitt. James Alexander,, "Property of the Week: Flanders Woods, Coventry," 27 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of cutter

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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