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

First recorded in 1400–50, beater is from the late Middle English word better. See beat, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for beater

Contemporary Examples of beater

Historical Examples of beater

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  • When the beater is withdrawn you should be able to cut the cream or pile it any height.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

  • 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.


    William Makepeace Thackeray

British Dictionary definitions for beater



a person who beats or hammersa panel beater
an instrument or device used for beatinga carpet beater
a person who rouses wild game from woodland, undergrowth, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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