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A gaff cutter with a staysail and genoa jib set


cut +‎ -er



cutter (plural cutters)

  1. A person or device that cuts (in various senses).
    a stone cutter; a die cutter
    • 1988, Jorge Amado, Home is the Sailor (page 55)
      Chico Pacheco kept repeating the phrase between clenched teeth, lamenting the wasted days of his youth; he had been a notorious cutter of classes.
  2. (nautical) A single-masted, fore-and-aft rigged, sailing vessel with at least two headsails, and a mast set further aft than that of a sloop.
  3. A foretooth; an incisor.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ray to this entry?)
  4. A heavy-duty motor boat for official use.
    a coastguard cutter.
  5. (nautical) A ship's boat, used for transport ship-to-ship or ship-to-shore.
  6. (cricket) A ball that moves sideways in the air, or off the pitch, because it has been cut.
  7. (baseball) A cut fastball.
  8. (slang) A ten-pence piece. So named because it is the coin most often sharpened by prison inmates to use as a weapon.
  9. (slang) A person who practices self-injury.
  10. (medicine, colloquial, slang, humorous or derogatory) A surgeon.
    Synonym: slasher
  11. (obsolete) An officer in the exchequer who notes by cutting on the tallies the sums paid.
  12. (obsolete) A ruffian; a bravo; a destroyer.
  13. (obsolete) A kind of soft yellow brick, easily cut, and used for facework.
  14. A light sleigh drawn by one horse.
    • 2007, Carrie A. Meyer, Days on the Family Farm, U of Minnesota Press, page 55 [1]:
      Throughout much of the winter, the sled or the cutter was the vehicle of choice. Emily and Joseph had a cutter, for traveling in style in snow.

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cutter m (plural cutters)

  1. cutter, boxcutter, utility knife, Stanley knife
  2. (nautical) cutter (vessel)