cutter

[kuht-er]

noun

adjective

(in U.S. government grading of beef) graded between utility and canner.

Origin of cutter

First recorded in 1375–1425, cutter is from the Middle English word kittere, cuttere. See cut, -er1
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Historical Examples of cutter

  • But the cutter slipped by and left him knee-deep, looking ruefully after them.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • The hovel of a cutter of wood into lengths for burning, was the only house at that end; all else was wall.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

  • It is intended for two; won't you step out of the sleigh into the cutter?

  • They're going to send a cutter for me to come and take Parker's place.

  • The cutter imitated this manoeuvre, and the boat of the wreck went last.

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for cutter

cutter

noun

a person or thing that cuts, esp a person who cuts cloth for clothing
a sailing boat with its mast stepped further aft so as to have a larger foretriangle than that of a sloop
a ship's boat, powered by oars or sail, for carrying passengers or light cargo
a small lightly armed boat, as used in the enforcement of customs regulations
a pig weighing between 68 and 82 kg, from which fillets and larger joints are cut
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Word Origin and History for cutter
n.

late 12c., "one who cuts" in any sense, agent noun from cut (v.). As a type of small, single-masted vessel, from 1762, earlier "boat belonging to a ship of war" (1745), perhaps so called from the notion of "cutting" through the water.

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