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cut·ter / ˈkətər/ • n. 1. a person or thing that cuts something, in particular: ∎  a tool for cutting something, esp. one intended for cutting a particular thing or for producing a particular shape: a glass cutter| (cutters) a pair of bolt cutters. ∎  a person who cuts or edits movies. ∎  a person in a tailoring establishment who takes measurements and cuts the cloth. ∎  a person who reduces or cuts down on something, esp. expenditures: a determined cutter of costs. 2. a light, fast coastal patrol boat. ∎  a ship's boat used for carrying light stores or passengers. ∎ hist. a small fore-and-aft-rigged sailing ship with one mast, more than one headsail, and a running bowsprit, used as a fast auxiliary. ∎  a yacht with a gaff-rigged mainsail and two foresails. 3. Baseball (also cut fastball) a fastball that breaks somewhat on being pitched. 4. a light horse-drawn sleigh.

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cutterexploiter, goitre (US goiter), loiter, reconnoitre (US reconnoiter), Reuter •anointer, appointer, jointer, pointer •cloister, hoister, oyster, roister •accoutre (US accouter), commuter, computer, disputer, hooter, looter, neuter, pewter, polluter, recruiter, refuter, rooter, saluter, scooter, shooter, souter, suitor, tooter, transmuter, tutor, uprooter •booster, rooster •doomster • freebooter • sharpshooter •peashooter • six-shooter •troubleshooter • prosecutor •persecutor • prostitutor •telecommuter •footer, putter •Gupta • Worcester • Münster •pussyfooter • executor •contributor, distributor •collocutor, interlocutor •abutter, aflutter, butter, Calcutta, clutter, constructor, cutter, flutter, gutter, mutter, nutter, scutter, shutter, splutter, sputter, strutter, stutter, utter •abductor, conductor, destructor, instructor, obstructor •insulter •Arunta, Bunter, chunter, Grantha, grunter, Gunter, hunter, junta, punter, shunter •corrupter, disrupter, interrupter •sculptor •adjuster, Augusta, bluster, buster, cluster, Custer, duster, fluster, lustre (US luster), muster, thruster, truster •huckster • Ulster • dumpster •funster, Munster, punster •funkster, youngster •gangbuster • filibuster • blockbuster •semiconductor • headhunter •woodcutter •lacklustre (US lackluster)

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cutter ship's rowing and sailing boat; small one-masted vessel. XVIII. perh. f. CUT 2 + -ER 1.