a person or thing that darts or moves swiftly.
any of several small, darting, freshwater fishes of the perch family, inhabiting streams of eastern North America.

Origin of darter

First recorded in 1555–65; dart + -er1
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Examples from the Web for darter

Historical Examples of darter

  • But no darter of mine should go out past the flats in one of 'em if I had the say.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "Emmy, you go and ask Mrs. Conner to ask her to come; ask Mrs. Conner to come too," said Mrs. Darter, resuming her feeble voice.

  • I meant because he had nothin' worth stealin', but his darter, but he tho't 'twas cos I was afear'd on him.

  • "Yes, yes; I'm expectin' my darter on that train," answered the woman, now as excited as our hero.

    Facing the World

    Horatio Alger

  • So I immeediantly made up to the ole squire—thet ur Squire Holmes—an axed him for his darter.

    The War Trail

    Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for darter



Also called: anhinga, snakebird any aquatic bird of the genus Anhinga and family Anhingidae, of tropical and subtropical inland waters, having a long slender neck and bill: order Pelecaniformes (pelicans, cormorants, etc)
any small brightly coloured North American freshwater fish of the genus Etheostoma and related genera: family Percidae (perches)
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