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[bee-ter] /ˈbi tər/
a person or thing that beats.
an implement or device for beating something:
a rug beater.
Hunting. a person who rouses or drives game from cover.
Papermaking. a machine for beating half-stuff to pulp by separating and shortening the fibers to produce a gelatinous mass.
Textiles. the reed.
Newfoundland. a young seal, usually a month to six weeks old, having completely or almost completely shed its initial white fur.
Origin of beater
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English better. See beat, -er1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for beater
  • Beat whites until stiff and dry,-when they will fly from the beater,-and add to the first mixture.
  • Dilute cream with milk and beat until stiff, using an egg-beater.
  • He used to work as a drum-beater at funerals, but then he was injured, and now he has trouble walking.
  • Clearly this is not a beater for riding to the shops and back.
  • It was the vocal equivalent of an injured basketball player coming off the bench and hitting a three-point buzzer beater.
  • Others prefer to let the blades of a beater cut cold lumps of fat into pieces in flour.
  • The scavengers often drive beater pickups and usually target discarded appliances and other castoffs.
  • Beat the paper and water in the blender, or with the egg beater, to make pulp.
  • Vacuum each barrier mat daily using a beater brush or beater bar vacuum.
  • The rotating beater crushes the peanuts against the bottom ridges, pushing both the shells and peanuts through the perforations.
British Dictionary definitions for beater


a person who beats or hammers: a panel beater
an instrument or device used for beating: a carpet beater
a person who rouses wild game from woodland, undergrowth, etc
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Contemporary definitions for beater

a junky old car


That beater gets her back and forth to work.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for beater

mid-14c., "an implement for beating;" mid-15c., "a person who punishes" (c.1200 as a surname); agent noun from beat (v.). Of various mechanical devices that "beat" in some sense from early 17c. Meaning "one who rouses game" is from 1825. Slang meaning "old car" is from c.1980.

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Slang definitions & phrases for beater



A car, esp an old and junky one: when he's stolen the beater off the streets (1980s+)

Related Terms

eggbeater, gum-beater, world-beater

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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