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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Examples of cutter in a Sentence

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The lions then ate what officials at the reserve believe to have been three poachers, who were armed with an axe, wire cutters and a silencer — common tools of the trade for poachers. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Karma Bites: Lions Devour Poachers Hunting Rhinos in South Africa," 5 July 2018 The poachers entered the reserve with a slew of weapons — including a high-powered rifle with a silencer, an axe, wire cutters and food supplies for a number of days — on the night of July 1 or the early hours of July 2. Gina Martinez, Time, "A Pride of Lions Killed and Ate a Group of Rhino Poachers Who Broke Into a Wildlife Reserve," 5 July 2018 Protesters have stormed the border fence, set it on fire with burning tires and ripped apart pieces of the structure with wire cutters. Washington Post, "As Gaza death toll rises, Israeli tactics face scrutiny," 16 May 2018 With a pizza cutter or knife, slice the puffed pastry into about 2-inch squares. Amy Dewall Dadmun, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Famous dinner party gaffes and a colorful Earth Day menu," 21 Apr. 2018 At the netfront, Cohasset knows how to spread an opponent’s zone, dissect it with cutters, and finish with dexterous precision. Ryan Hathaway,, "Cohasset girls’ lacrosse focuses on the start, and the finish," 12 Apr. 2018 In the first inning, Wilson struck Harper out swinging with a cutter. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers pitcher Alex Wilson fighting for starting rotation spot," 4 Mar. 2018 Add the vanilla and mix well, then cut in the butter with a pastry cutter until coarse crumbs form. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "The Ultimate Fall Dessert: Apple-Pear Crumble with Maple-Cinnamon Ice Cream," 12 Sep. 2014 Preaker is a motel bathtub-dwelling, vodka-swigging cutter. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Sharp Objects Is the Feminist True Detective We've Been Waiting For," 8 July 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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