critter

[krit-er]
noun Dialect.
1.
a domesticated animal.
2.
any creature.
Also, crittur.


Origin:
variant of creature

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critter (ˈkrɪtə)
 
n
(US), (Canadian) a dialect word for creature

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critter
1815, dialectal or humorous pronunciation of creature.
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Example sentences
Further, the critter is going to die within inches of eating it.
Critter could get no leverage, that's why the lamp post restraint worked.
The feathers from this critter really did stick out straight back.
When the trap failed to lure in a critter, she did not give up.
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