[ shuht-er ]
/ ˈʃʌt ər /


verb (used with object)

to close or provide with shutters: She shuttered the windows.
to close (a store or business operations) for the day or permanently.

verb (used without object)

to close or close down: The factory has shuttered temporarily.

Origin of shutter

First recorded in 1535–45; shut + -er1

Related forms

shut·ter·less, adjectiveun·shut·tered, adjective

Can be confused

shudder shutter

Synonym study

1. See curtain. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shutter


/ (ˈʃʌtə) /


verb (tr)

to close with or as if with a shutter or shutters
to equip with a shutter or shutters
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