cotter

1
[kot-er]Machinery
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verb (used with object)
  1. to secure with a cotter.

Origin of cotter

1
1300–50; Middle English coter; akin to late Middle English coterell iron bracket; of uncertain origin

cotter

2
[kot-er]
noun
  1. Scot. a person occupying a plot of land and cottage, paid for in services.
  2. cottager(def 2).

Origin of cotter

2
1175–1225; Middle English cotere < Anglo-French cot(i)er; see cot2, -er2
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Related Words for cotter

chunk, cusp, taper, spire, quoin, cleat, lump, keystone, prong, block, shim, cotter, chock

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British Dictionary definitions for cotter

cotter

1
noun
  1. any part, such as a pin, wedge, key, etc, that is used to secure two other parts so that relative motion between them is prevented
  2. short for cotter pin
verb
  1. (tr) to secure (two parts) with a cotter

Word Origin for cotter

C14: shortened from cotterel, of unknown origin

cotter

2
noun
  1. Also called: cottier English history a villein in late Anglo-Saxon and early Norman times occupying a cottage and land in return for labour
  2. Also called: cottar a peasant occupying a cottage and land in the Scottish Highlands under the same tenure as an Irish cottier

Word Origin for cotter

C14: from Medieval Latin cotārius, from Middle English cote cot ²
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Word Origin and History for cotter
n.

1640s, perhaps a shortened form of cotterel, a dialectal word for "cotter pin or bolt, bracket to hang a pot over a fire" (1560s), itself of uncertain origin.

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