(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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of cutter

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


    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



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

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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