noun, plural ot·ters, (especially collectively) ot·ter.
- ottava rima,
- otter board,
- otter hound,
- otter shell,
- otter shrew,
- otter trawl
Origin of otter
Examples from the Web for otter
He called Governor Otter a “salesman for the government,” a product no decent Idahoan would ever buy.
The other dogs had dived to the assistance of Sancho, and they brought the otter to the bank, where Jemmy clubbed it.Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents and Strange Events|S. Baring-Gould
A short distance east of the mill-pond Otter Creek crosses the highway and sinks in the sand, becoming a lost stream.Baraboo, Dells, and Devil's Lake Region|H. E. Cole
The Rabbit called, but the Otter was fast asleep and made no answer.Myths of the Cherokee|James Mooney
So he bade him farewell, and Leonard turned to depart, followed by Otter and Juanna, whom he led by the hand.The People Of The Mist|H. Rider Haggard
Baiting the trap with part of a fish, he buried it in the snow at a point where the otter must come down the slide to the pool.The Wilderness Trail|Frank Williams
noun plural -ters or -ter
Word Origin for otter
Old English otr, otor "otter," from Proto-Germanic *otraz (cf. Old Norse otr, Swedish utter, Danish odder, Dutch otter, Old High German ottar, German Otter), from PIE *udros, literally "water-creature" (cf. Sanskrit udrah, Avestan udra "otter;" Greek hydra "water-serpent," enydris "otter;" Latin lutra, Old Church Slavonic vydra, Lithuanian udra, Old Irish odoirne "otter"), from root *wed- "water" (see water (n.1)). Sea otter attested from 1660s, also known as sea-ape.