cut·​ter | \ ˈkə-tər \
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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Getting yourself a wire cutter and string winder is helpful to make the process less tedious. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Set Up a Guitar And Make It Your Own," 7 Dec. 2018 Her second big idea arrives in the form of a weird kitchen multi-tool that contains a fork, spoon, knife, pizza cutter, and spatula, among other things. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Netflix’s F Is for Family examines the dark core of the angry sitcom dad," 2 Dec. 2018 Nick Fox, owner of the Sibuya Game Reserve in Eastern Cape province, says human remains were found Tuesday along with a high-powered rifle, wire cutters and other equipment. Houston Chronicle, "Lions kill suspected rhino poachers in South Africa," 6 July 2018 The team found a high-powered rifle, gloves, wire cutters and the remains of a backpack with food, water and other supplies — classic hallmarks of rhino poachers. USA TODAY, "Pride of lions eat suspected 'rhino poachers' on South African game reserve," 5 July 2018 But if not, the Shield remains a deeply flexible box for heavy-duty cord cutters. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the power user in your life," 4 Dec. 2018 Image There are wine stoppers galore out there, and no lack of cutters to make short work of the foil that covers a wine bottle’s cork. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "A Wine Stopper That Does Double Duty," 9 July 2018 Buy a range of cutters, using holiday shapes for Halloween and Christmas, and triangles, circles and small squares throughout the year. Mandy Major, Woman's Day, "How to Pack a Better School Lunch," 28 Aug. 2012 Use a pastry cutter or knife to cut a circle around tin 2 ½-3 inches beyond edge of tin. Lisa Ludwinski, WSJ, "Pies That Bind: Thanksgiving Recipes From the Heartland," 15 Nov. 2018

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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 \

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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