a person who cuts the throat of another; a murderer.


ruthless: cutthroat competition.
pertaining to a game, as of cards, in which each of three or more persons acts and scores as an individual.

Nearby words

  1. cutter,
  2. cutter bar,
  3. cutter deck,
  4. cutter number,
  5. cutter-rigged,
  6. cutthroat contract,
  7. cutthroat trout,
  8. cutting,
  9. cutting board,
  10. cutting compound

Origin of cutthroat

First recorded in 1525–35; cut + throat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for cutthroat



1530s, from cut (v.) + throat (n.). As an adjective from 1560s. Of card games from 1823.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper