cut·​ter ˈkə-tər How to pronounce cutter (audio)
plural cutters
: one that cuts:
: one whose work is cutting or involves cutting
wood/glass cutters
: an instrument, machine, machine part, or tool that cuts
: a device for vibrating a cutting stylus in disc recording
also : the stylus or its point
: a ship's boat for carrying stores or passengers
: a single-masted fore-and-aft rigged sailing vessel
: a small armed vessel in government service
baseball : cut fastball
His previous three home runs had come on a fastball, a cutter and a slider.Billy Witz
: a light sleigh
: 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

Examples of cutter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The library’s Makerspaces provide free access to creative software, recording and film studios, and vinyl and laser cutters. Lily Moayeri, SPIN, 28 Feb. 2024 Using cookie or biscuit cutters, cut out 3-inch rounds then cut out 1-inch-diameter holes. Yewande Komolafe, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Feb. 2024 That wasn’t fair to cutters, as splitters have been consistently superior. Tony Blengino, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Police say the man on a porch threatened to kill the officers and refused to drop the box cutter. Kate Linderman, Kansas City Star, 7 Feb. 2024 The set comes with rust-resistant cutters in three diameters: 3.2 inches, 2.8 inches, and 2.4 inches—all of which are designed to cut through the stickiest of dough without hurting your hands. Stephanie Osmanski, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Feb. 2024 However, another important part of this story is Charles W. David Jr., a young African American Coast Guard petty officer on the escort cutter Comanche, who dove into the freezing waters and helped rescue 93 of 230 survivors. Kevin Dayhoff, Baltimore Sun, 14 Feb. 2024 Admittedly, The Verge is not known for its robust catalog of laser cutter reviews (surprise surprise). Brandon Widder, The Verge, 24 Jan. 2024 Cut in cold butter with a pastry cutter or your fingers until butter pieces are pea-sized and fully coated in flour. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 3 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cutter was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cutter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


cut·​ter ˈkət-ər How to pronounce cutter (audio)
: one that cuts
a diamond cutter
a cookie cutter
: a ship's boat for carrying supplies or passengers
: a small sailing boat with one mast
: a small armed boat in government service
: a small sleigh

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