[ kuht-throht ]
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  1. a person who cuts the throat of another; a murderer.

  1. ruthless: cutthroat competition.

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

Origin of cutthroat

First recorded in 1525–35; cut + throat

Words Nearby cutthroat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cutthroat in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cut-throat


  1. a person who cuts throats; murderer

  2. Also called: cut-throat razor British a razor with a long blade that usually folds into the handle: US name: straight razor

  1. bloodthirsty or murderous; cruel

  2. fierce or relentless in competition: cut-throat prices

  1. (of some games) played by three people: cut-throat poker

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