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critter

or crit·tur

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

Origin of critter

variant of creature
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Examples from the Web for critter

Historical Examples

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

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Not that I loved the critter for his own sake, but because all Greaserdom was out to down him.

    Cy Whittaker's Place

    Joseph C. Lincoln

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

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • If that critter fell overboard I wouldn't heave him no life-preserver.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • When we got where the critter's legs touched bottom, Becky remarks: "Whoa!"

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for critter

critter

noun
  1. US and Canadian a dialect word for creature
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Word Origin and History for critter

n.

1815, dialectal or humorous pronunciation of creature.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper