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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Examples of cutter in a Sentence

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Millennials are the biggest demographic of coupon cutters! Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Payless doesn’t need to trick bargain-hunting young people with faux-luxury hoaxes," 30 Nov. 2018 Sure, Republicans got their tax cuts—that’s no feat with a caucus of tax-cutters—but Ryan imagined the overthrow of the welfare state and got next to nothing. David Dayen, The New Republic, "A Fitting End to Paul Ryan’s Fraudulent Political Career," 22 May 2018 More than a mere cost-cutter, Mr. Daniels has enhanced Purdue’s reputation as a top-tier university and has been a determined champion of free speech on campus. WSJ, "Boilermakers Are a Model for College Cost Cuts," 19 Dec. 2018 Using floured small gingerbread and star cutters, cut out cookies. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Mocha Men and Star Cookies," 30 Nov. 2018 Using your hands or a pastry cutter, cut butter into flour mixture until fine crumbs form. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Cranberry Crumb Bars," 30 Oct. 2018 Desks line one wall of the plant so engineers and marketers can work cheek-to-jowl, while heavy manufacturing equipment like laser cutters, tube benders, and CNC machines lines the far wall. Edward Niedermeyer, Ars Technica, "Arcimoto raised $19 million to build “fun utility vehicles”—now what?," 11 July 2018 According to the police report, the suspect is seen inside the property carrying an unknown object, possibly bolt cutters, wrapped with a possible towel. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "How should a two-time bike bandit be punished? A spanking will do, the victim says | Miami Herald," 16 May 2018 The 57-year-old is one of a small remaining group of professional Dutch reed cutters, harvesting, cleaning and drying reed that is used to thatch houses. Peter Dejong, Fox News, "Chinese imports threaten ancient craft of Dutch reed cutters," 2 May 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 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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