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a person or thing that beats.
an implement or device for beating something:
a rug beater.
Hunting. a person who rouses or drives game from cover.
Papermaking. a machine for beating half-stuff to pulp by separating and shortening the fibers to produce a gelatinous mass.
Textiles. the reed.
Newfoundland. a young seal, usually a month to six weeks old, having completely or almost completely shed its initial white fur.
Contemporary Examples

He saw an unfamiliar “beater” in the driveway one evening and called 911.
The Billionaire Pedophile’s Sex Den Conchita Sarnoff July 21, 2010

Asher King Abramson, UCLA Quidditch president and beater, agreed.
From J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Novels to Real Life: The Sport of Quidditch Takes Flight Jace Lacob March 13, 2012

Historical Examples

The nearer the sides of the bowl are to the beater, the quicker the work will be done.
The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins

Some looked in amazement; one ventured to say, “Well, that’s the beater!”
Tiverton Tales Alice Brown

You may sometimes take advantage of this feeling to let off a joke on a beater.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 104, January 21, 1893 Various

He left Owen with the beater and walked on to the edge of the covert.
The Reef Edith Wharton

A hesitating smile will first creep into the corners of the beater’s eye.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 104, January 21, 1893 Various

The back of the handle can be used as a beater, and the brush for removing the dust.
The Boy Mechanic, Book 2 Various

A beater came up bringing the mare just before the start was made.
None Other Gods Robert Hugh Benson

Mash the grapes with a beater in a tub, or by passing them through a cider-mill.
Soil Culture J. H. Walden

a person who beats or hammers: a panel beater
an instrument or device used for beating: a carpet beater
a person who rouses wild game from woodland, undergrowth, etc

a junky old car

That beater gets her back and forth to work.

mid-14c., “an implement for beating;” mid-15c., “a person who punishes” (c.1200 as a surname); agent noun from beat (v.). Of various mechanical devices that “beat” in some sense from early 17c. Meaning “one who rouses game” is from 1825. Slang meaning “old car” is from c.1980.


A car, esp an old and junky one: when he’s stolen the beater off the streets (1980s+)

Related Terms

eggbeater, gum-beater, world-beater


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