utility knife

noun
Updated on: 14 Apr 2018

Definition of utility knife

: a knife designed for general use
  • a chef's utility knife
; specifically : a cutting tool having a sharp replaceable blade that can be retracted into a usually metal handle

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First Known Use of utility knife

1946

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UTILITY KNIFE Defined for English Language Learners

utility knife

Definition of utility knife for English Language Learners

  • : a knife designed for general use; especially : a cutting tool with a blade that can be pushed completely back into its handle


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