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cookie cutter

a device, usually of metal, for cutting shaped forms, as circles or stars, for cookies from dough that has been rolled flat.
Origin of cookie cutter
1900-05, Americanism


[koo k-ee-kuht-er] /ˈkʊk iˌkʌt ər/
having the same configuration or look as many others of a given kind; identical:
rows of cookie-cutter houses.
lacking individuality; stereotyped or formulaic:
a novel filled with cookie-cutter characters. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cookie cutter
  • Or, cut out appealing shapes such as hearts, circles or animals with a cookie cutter.
  • Until then, don't let cookie cutter advice thwart your existence.
  • Pop the new crayons out of their cookie cutter molds after the wax hardens.
  • Cut dough into rounds with cookie cutter and line eight sections of a mini-muffin tin with dough.
  • Funny that this baseball cookie cutter has recessed laces, the opposite of real baseballs.
  • We are a gimme gimme gimme nation with big cookie cutter paper houses that are expensive to heat and cool.
  • Educators have yet to realize that the cookie cutter approach is not working.
  • Let the children cut three pieces of bread with an animal cookie cutter.
  • Oval scars are often found one the body, supposedly made by the bites of cookie cutter sharks.
  • Cut dough with cookie cutter, discard excess dough, and remove cutter.
British Dictionary definitions for cookie cutter


a shape with a sharp edge for cutting individual biscuits from a sheet of dough
resembling many others of the same kind: a row of cookie-cutter houses
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for cookie cutter



(also cookie-cut) Identical and unoriginal; standardized; stereotyped: Each store is a cookie-cutter copy, laid out according to plans devised at the corporate headquarters/ I'd never want to read that kind of cookie-cut magazine

  1. A police officer's badge; potsy, tin (1920s+ Circus)
  2. A weak and unenterprising person; cookie-pusher, wimp (1950s+)
  3. An inadequate weapon, esp a knife (1950s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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