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  1. a person or thing that grates.
  2. any of various kitchen devices for grating food: a cheese grater.
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Origin of grater

1400–50; late Middle English. See grate2, -er1
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Historical Examples of grater

  • "Here are some in the grater," said Miss Ophelia, holding them up.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • Below them on the roof, Jeremiah and Grater were dancing outrageously.

  • "If we meet Jeremiah and Grater, we'll eat our cooky quick," Hortense said.

  • We were hunting the great Cat and Grater, who are our enemies.

  • He brought the grater, and she grated the bread on to a newspaper on the table.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

British Dictionary definitions for grater


  1. a kitchen utensil with sharp-edged perforations for grating carrots, cheese, etc
  2. a person or thing that grates
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Word Origin and History for grater


instrument for scraping (bread, ginger, etc.), late 14c., from Old French grateor, agent noun from grater (see grate (v.)).

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