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One who cuts themselves to releive themselves from an emotional pain.

Cutting is not something one advertises, and when someone does cut they are generally ashamed and hide it as well as they can.

Can be done with any sharp object, such as, but not limited to, knives, razors, broken glass, broken cd's, scissors, and safety pins.
SomeGirl: OMG, I adore Emily, she is *sooo* sweet!!!
AnotherGirl: Yea...I spied on her in the shower and she had slashes all over her thighs... she so cuts herself...
by Sally the Ragdoll February 26, 2005
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An often, but not always, derogatory term for someone who practices self-injury (also known as self-harm and self-mutilation) by scratching or cutting his or her skin with a sharp object.

It is usually a symptom of mental illness.

The vast majority of self-injurers hurt themselves out of negative emotions, including, but not limited to, anger, self-hatred, depression, or numbness; they also try to hide the cuts with clothing, jewelry, or make-up. Some misled persons cut themselves for attention, or to make themselves look cool, which warrants pity, not scorn. Some fit into both categories. Cutters who do not hide their injuries do not necessarily fit into the latter group; they have often given up trying to hide it, or regard it as something that should not be hidden, either because it is a valid "lifestyle choice" or because they are not ashamed of their pain, even though they want to stop.

Cutting and other forms of self-injury, such as burning, eating disorders*, banging, and hair-pulling, can be a coping mechanism for many. It is NOT a suicide attempt, and some suicidal people hurt themselves so that they can cope with their emotions and _avoid_ suicide.

Cutters can not be categorized by age, gender, appearance, or clique. Some self-injurers have been doing it as long as they can remember, i.e. as toddlers, and there are cutters who are in their thirties and probably older. They are male and female. They are preps, nerds, skaters, goths, punks, and any other label you can think of. They are parents, small children, and yes, teenagers.

*This is not to say that all people with eating disorders should be regarded as self-injurers, only that there is some overlap between the two groups.
Previous urban dictionary contributor: Cutters are also easily recognized by their poorly dyed hair, or oversized JNCO style jeans. Most basically, cutters are the urban and suburban equivalent of rural white trash, in that they invariably come from families with low education and or income.
Me: You don't know what you're talking about.
by Sabbrielle July 31, 2005
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a person that feels the need to express thier emotions by cutting themselves. the pain and blood releives thier hurt and they feel better. some do it just for attention. dont look down on cutters....... be thier friend. they might need it and u might save thier life.
Girl 1: omg jennifer she has cuts on her arm! what a freak!!
Girl 2: no shes not maybe she needs a friend.

2 months later
Girl 2: so y do u cut?
cutter: because the pain makes me feel better but now that u r my friend i dont need to. u saved my life.
by Rawr_Under_Your_Bed April 24, 2010
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Someone who finds relief through self-harm. No matter what anyone says, cutting is not normal or in any way healthy. It is self destructive and addictive.
There are many different reasons people cut.

Bob- I'm a cutter. My father is dead and my mother is an alcoholic. My friends are rarely around to talk. I feel alone and trapped in my own life. Cutting helps me feel like a human and not the ghost I usually feel like. I cut all the time.

Amy: I cut for drugs. I read an article about it, the guy got drugs for depression. I took it up and now I'm on anti-depressants. I need them to feel like myself. I cut all over my arms, so they will keep sending me to the shrink.

Samantha: My parents are supportive of me, my friends care about me. I'm happy most of the time. I don't cut all the time just when I get really upset. When I get upset, I feel like I have all this pressure bottled up. Cutting helps me let go of it. No one knows about it, I don't cut my arms, just my legs. I wouldn't dream of telling anyone.

Megan: This girl at my school got caught doing it. Now everyone is always checking on her, asking her how she's doing. I wish people would care about me like that. I started cutting my hands, maybe people will care now.

Johnny- Everything I do is a mistake. I always say the wrong things. I never keep promises to myself. I fail at almost everything I try. I over analyze everything, then I obsess about it. I cut to punish myself for my flaws.

As you can see people cut for many reasons. Some people cut because they have problems and some people cut for attention. Either way its not alright. If you feel you need to cut to get people to notice your its just as bad as cutting for any other reason. Please try and talk to someone.
by Music_Note_93 March 09, 2008
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Cutting is when someone commits self injury on themselves because it is the only way they know how to cope with what ever it is that they are going through. Some people say that emo's are the ones who cut, but the truth is that 1. emo is a music genre, and 2. even if they did, they would only do it for attention. Where as most cutters try to hide what they do from other people or cover it up. Some people think it is a fad, but it is a serious problem in today's youth, especially in girls (although guys do it too).

PS. sorry about any spelling errors.
Dealing with stress or trauma by becomming cutters. A cutter cuts their arms, legs, stomach, or other parts of their body enough to bleed, and usually leave a mark. Then hides it after releaving the stress.
by TrophieKing February 21, 2006
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Cutters are people who believe either they need to release pain through cutting themselves or cut themselves to try and feel something.
Some cutters have little slits up and down there are arms and try to cover it up.
by MaryOfNazareth September 05, 2004
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One that cuts themselves or harms themselves in any way. Usaully to express emotion pain. "NORMALY" cutters will hide their scars as well as possible. There are some who cut simply for attention and disply their scars. NOT ALL CUTTERS THAT DONT HIDE THEIR SCARS ARE ATTENTION CUTTERS. Some cutters beleive that cuting is their escape and they shouldnt have to hide it. If you know someone cuts, dont nag that person to stop or taunt them. This will lead to more self injury.
Brad- "Did you see his arms?"
Tony- "Yeah I did."
Brad- "He's a cutter."
Tony- "I wonder why."
Brad- "Dude, everyone picks on him."
Tony- "Poor dude."
by Josh_am February 14, 2007
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