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paper cutter

any device for cutting or trimming paper, typically a weighted, powered, or spring-hinged blade mounted on or over a ruled board or table on which many sheets of paper may be aligned for cutting at one time.
Origin of paper cutter
First recorded in 1820-30
Related forms
paper-cutting, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for paper-cutter
Historical Examples
  • The Roman, pondering, twisted a paper-cutter and frowned in front of him.

    The Varmint Owen Johnson
  • He sat down and began to play with a paper-cutter on his knee.

    The Dark Tower Phyllis Bottome
  • The paper-cutter in the head is supposed to represent a nail of the Cross.

    The Life of the Moselle Octavius Rooke
  • Blind with rage, he put his hand to his belt and drew the paper-cutter.

  • Thea sprang up and took the paper-cutter he had put down, twisting it in her hands.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • This time, Mrs. Stewart tapped him quite smartly with the paper-cutter.

    Cape of Storms Percival Pollard
  • She sprang at the picture, darting out with the paper-cutter.

    The Golgotha Dancers Manly Wade Wellman
  • The younger man was balancing the paper-cutter across his finger.

  • By what can you measure the worth of a paper-cutter operator?

    Paper-Cutting Machines

    Niel, Jr., Gray
  • The inspector's rapid fingering of his paper-cutter confessed his annoyance.

    The Gray Mask

    Wadsworth Camp
British Dictionary definitions for paper-cutter


a machine for cutting paper, usually a blade mounted over a table on which paper can be aligned
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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