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

Nearby words

  1. cutpurse,
  2. cuts,
  3. cuttable,
  4. cuttack,
  5. cuttage,
  6. cutter bar,
  7. cutter deck,
  8. cutter number,
  9. cutter-rigged,
  10. cutthroat

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

Examples from the Web for cutter

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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