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[kuht-er] /ˈkʌt ər/
a person who cuts, especially as a job, as one who cuts fabric for garments.
a machine, tool, or other device for cutting.
  1. a single-masted sailing vessel, very similar to a sloop but having its mast set somewhat farther astern, about two-fifths of the way aft measured on the water line.
  2. a ship's boat having double-banked oars and one or two lugsails.
Also called revenue cutter. a lightly armed government vessel used to prevent smuggling and enforce the customs regulations.
a person who repeatedly inflicts self-injury by cutting the skin, as to cope with negative emotions.
a person employed as a film editor.
a small, light sleigh, usually single-seated and pulled by one horse.
Also called rubber. a brick suitable for cutting and rubbing.
  1. a low-quality grade of beef between utility and canner.
  2. beef of this grade, mostly used in processed beef products, as sausage.
(in U.S. government grading of beef) graded between utility and canner.
Origin of cutter
1375-1425; Middle English kittere, cuttere. See cut, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for cutter
  • Crooks used a rented sod cutter to remove unwanted sections of turf.
  • Set a cookie or biscuit cutter in a medium bowl, then set mold on top.
  • Cut the dough with a dough cutter or knife into desired thickness.
  • Until then, don't let cookie cutter advice thwart your existence.
  • It's never a good idea to conclude that all departments in your discipline will be cookie-cutter copies of your own department.
  • No cookie-cutter strategy will serve the needs of every college.
  • Such cookie-cutter opinions are not worth a whole lot.
  • The work is primarily old found books cut with the laser cutter, as well as some laser cut drawings.
  • Shape with a small round cutter, first dipped in sugar, or cut with a sharp knife in three-fourth inch squares.
  • Roll to one-third inch in thickness, shape with a fluted round cutter five inches in diameter.
British Dictionary definitions for cutter


a person or thing that cuts, esp a person who cuts cloth for clothing
a sailing boat with its mast stepped further aft so as to have a larger foretriangle than that of a sloop
a ship's boat, powered by oars or sail, for carrying passengers or light cargo
a small lightly armed boat, as used in the enforcement of customs regulations
a pig weighing between 68 and 82 kg, from which fillets and larger joints are cut
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Word Origin and History for cutter

late 12c., "one who cuts" in any sense, agent noun from cut (v.). As a type of small, single-masted vessel, from 1762, earlier "boat belonging to a ship of war" (1745), perhaps so called from the notion of "cutting" through the water.

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