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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. 2017.
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  • 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
  • The "critter" was David, who was apparently turning somersaults in the basket.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Do you suppose you can worry such a critter as that by talkin' to him about what he owes?

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • For a critter as fussy and particular about some things, he's careless enough about others.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • That Caleb critter is marryin' into our family 'cause he knows I'm well off.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Never saw such a critter as you be to chase after the girls.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
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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