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or crittur

[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
Historical Examples
  • One o' the smacks hed jist brought in a hogfish that day, an' it was the worst lookin' critter that ever growed in the sea.

    Rockhaven Charles Munn
  • I took in a cat for company 'tother day, but the critter's run away.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Never see so much nonsense in one head 's that critter's got in his.

  • Need a tug to haul this critter into the channel, I swan you do!

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Scarin' a pa'tridge to death with a dum dog, and then turnin' a handful o' shot loose on the critter, an' call it huntin'!

    Secret of the Woods William J. Long
  • I never seen that hide neither, unless maybe when the critter was using it.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • So he went to git his gun to shoot the critter, an' found he hadn't got no powder.

    David Harum Edward Noyes Westcott
  • First I hear is them sour-face asking me who kills them critter.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • I forked over a fourpence-ha'penny and got on tu the critter, tickled eenamost tu death tu git a chance tu sit down agin.

  • You pick the critter you want, and I guess Mrs. Hayward will pasture it for you.

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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