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

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Examples of cutter in a Sentence

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Having the cutter will be a strong addition to his arsenal. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Red Sox Prospect Mike Shawaryn Takes A Mental Approach To The Game," 11 July 2018 The cutter was good last year, and is becoming a potentially great pitch. Michael Beller,, "Trouble With the Curve? James Paxton's Struggles May Be Tied To His Best Pitch," 26 Apr. 2018 Started in 1992 to obtain agricultural work visas for sugarcane cutters and farm workers, the Guatemalan-Maya Center now serves as a nonprofit organization assisting, educating and empowering immigrant communities. Yutao Chen,, "For detained immigrant children: pillows stuffed with love," 13 July 2018 Sabathia, with his heavy dose of changeups and cutters and not a lot of fastballs, is typically the kind of pitcher who gives the Orioles (25-65) fits. Jon Meoli,, "Danny Valencia's three-run homer gives Orioles 5-4 win vs. Yankees, ending six-game slide," 9 July 2018 The Bedortha Brothers created cigar cutters and levelers, with the levelers culled from cherry wood. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, "Historian Bob Bell Examines 'Makin' Stuff In Windsor'," 2 July 2018 Music in the past was much more free, where music today is much more cookie-cutter and less vocal in its dissent. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Ziggy Marley talks 'Rebellion Rises' and the 'little spark' that will become a 'raging fire'," 13 June 2018 Lewis would often find herself in the shop, fascinated with the big machinery, the laser cutters and steam presses. Leslie Hittmeier, Outside Online, "Ruby and Revolver Makes Mountain-Inspired Jewelry," 11 June 2018 The rings tend to look cookie-cutter as a result—and the user experience feels, well, basic. Emily Farra, Vogue, "With Vrai & Oro’s New 3-D Design Studio, You Can Dream Up a Custom Engagement Ring From the Comfort of Your Couch," 10 July 2018

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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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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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