Meaning of CUTTHROAT in English


I. ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun

Etymology: cut (I) + throat

1. : one likely to cut throats : murderer : a murderous character : a hired killer ; sometimes : one fierce and unprincipled

a band of cutthroats that terrorized the area

2. or cutthroat finch : a small African bird ( Amadina fasciata ) resembling a finch and having a deep crimson band about the throat and the rest of the plumage grayish brown marked with white


[by shortening]

: cutthroat trout


a. : any cutthroat game

b. : cutthroat contract

5. : straight razor

6. : kosher hide

II. adjective

1. : having the characteristics of a cutthroat : murderous , cruel

a cutthroat rogue

2. : marked by fierce and unprincipled practices : merciless , ruthless

cutthroat competition

: difficult to win, gain from, or compete against

cutthroat stocks

3. : characterized by each player playing for himself rather than having a permanent partner — used especially of partnership games adapted for three players

cutthroat bridge

cutthroat pinochle

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