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paper cutter

  1. any device for cutting or trimming paper, typically a weighted, powered, or spring-hinged blade mounted on or over a ruled board or table on which many sheets of paper may be aligned for cutting at one time.
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Origin of paper cutter

First recorded in 1820–30
Related formspa·per-cut·ting, adjective
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Historical Examples of paper-cutter

  • The Roman, pondering, twisted a paper-cutter and frowned in front of him.

    The Varmint

    Owen Johnson

  • He sat down and began to play with a paper-cutter on his knee.

    The Dark Tower

    Phyllis Bottome

  • The paper-cutter in the head is supposed to represent a nail of the Cross.

  • Blind with rage, he put his hand to his belt and drew the paper-cutter.

  • Thea sprang up and took the paper-cutter he had put down, twisting it in her hands.

    Song of the Lark

    Willa Cather

British Dictionary definitions for paper-cutter


  1. a machine for cutting paper, usually a blade mounted over a table on which paper can be aligned
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