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[krit-er] /ˈkrɪt ər/
noun, Dialect
a domesticated animal.
any creature.
Origin of critter
variant of creature Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for critter
  • 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.
  • Marti says that telecom companies are interested in the critter.
  • No meat critter going has so many good-eating ends as a pig.
  • Every so often a critter takes a shot at making headlines.
  • Of course, such critter chips have limitations, because they are alive.
  • We interrupt this critter fest to bring you a landscape appreciation moment.
  • Climate change may be too hot for this cold-blooded critter to handle.
British Dictionary definitions for critter


(US & Canadian) a dialect word for creature
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for critter

1815, dialectal or humorous pronunciation of creature.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for critter



An animal or person; cuss, customer: That dog is a nasty critter/ Jane's a friendly old critter

[1815+; fr creature]

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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