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[bee-ter] /ˈbi tər/
a person or thing that beats.
an implement or device for beating something:
a rug beater.
Hunting. a person who rouses or drives game from cover.
Papermaking. a machine for beating half-stuff to pulp by separating and shortening the fibers to produce a gelatinous mass.
Textiles. the reed.
Newfoundland. a young seal, usually a month to six weeks old, having completely or almost completely shed its initial white fur.
Origin of beater
late Middle English
First recorded in 1400-50, beater is from the late Middle English word better. See beat, -er1 Unabridged
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  • Some looked in amazement; one ventured to say, "Well, that's the beater!"

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • When the beater is withdrawn you should be able to cut the cream or pile it any height.

    Choice Cookery Catherine Owen
  • He kisses and loves all, and, when the smart of the rod is past, smiles on his beater.

    Microcosmography John Earle
  • He left Owen with the beater and walked on to the edge of the covert.

    The Reef Edith Wharton
  • He kisses and loves all, and, when the smart of the 189 rod is past, smiles on his beater.

    Thackerayana William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The back of the handle can be used as a beater, and the brush for removing the dust.

  • The beater at the far end of the room is equipped with a washing drum.

    From Paper-mill to Pressroom William Bond Wheelwright
  • The nearer the sides of the bowl are to the beater, the quicker the work will be done.

    The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins
British Dictionary definitions for beater


a person who beats or hammers: a panel beater
an instrument or device used for beating: a carpet beater
a person who rouses wild game from woodland, undergrowth, etc
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Contemporary definitions for beater

a junky old car


That beater gets her back and forth to work.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for beater

mid-14c., "an implement for beating;" mid-15c., "a person who punishes" (c.1200 as a surname); agent noun from beat (v.). Of various mechanical devices that "beat" in some sense from early 17c. Meaning "one who rouses game" is from 1825. Slang meaning "old car" is from c.1980.

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



A car, esp an old and junky one: when he's stolen the beater off the streets (1980s+)

Related Terms

eggbeater, gum-beater, world-beater

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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