Slang term, sometimes degrading, for someone who voluntarily mutilates themselves through slicing, scratching, burning, slapping, biting, etc, because of extreme emotional distress.
Usually they have a mental illness, such as depression or anxiety.
They do NOT want attention or pity. It is a way to vent. It is impossible to fully understand until you start it yourself. There are people of all ages and all cliques and all of everything that injure themselves. It has nothing to do with being "emo" or "goth." It has nothing to do with trying to look "depressed" and it has nothing to do with attention.
Self-injury is addicting. Self-injury is a mode of relief. It's been proven people suffering from mental illnesses are less likely to commit suicide if they injure themselves.
Self-injury is a serious issue that should be delt with seriously. If you can't respect someone just because they injure themselves, you just need to pull your head out of your ass. Please, please, please be understanding and compassionate. It's a sensitive thing. If someone tells you they injure themselves PLEASE be very understanding and just...be there for them. Don't demand them to stop, don't tell them they're stupid, don't ignore them or ditch them, that will make everything worse.
I have been scratching myself for as long as I can remember. I have social anxiety disorder/avoidant personality and clinical depression. I can't look people in the eye. I go mute when someone waves and says hello. I can't stand crowds. When I'm around people my mind goes blank or it rushes with scarring thoughts. I feel nauseous. Dizzy. Lightheaded. I tremble. I cry. I feel cold and hot and virtigo and everything seems so loud and bright and I scream in my head for it all to stop. I feel like I'm dying and going insane at the same time, slowly and painfully. I get panic attacks. There is no way I can stand this. I scratch at my face, my uglyugly acne on my forehead and back. And then I scratch my theighs. There is no route for help, and I've searched. There is no one I can talk to who would understand. I dissect everything I do, no matter how silly it is, I can't let anything go. And I hate myself. I hate my anxiety. And the hard part is, is that it is a personality disorder. It's part of who I AM. I don't just have social anxiety, I AM social anxiety. It hurts. It won't stop or go away. The part of me that can't be changed. I've always been like this. When I was two I refused to talk for two years. In kindergarten I was so unused to social situations, I cried over anything and everything, it scarred me for life. I couldn't help it. I was pathetic. I still am. So I injured myself long before I even knew it was all abnormal. And when I did know it was too late, I was too addicted, I...I'm not really a cutter, but I do injure myself.
by screenaging September 13, 2007
Someone who self harms (a 'cutter'), by cutting themselves with a sharp object. They do this as a means of being able to cope with their lives, because they are unhappy and depressed. It makes me so angry about how cutters are so often put into stereotypes such as 'emo', and when people who need help are simply labeled (should other people find out) as 'attention seeking'. It is a really serious issue and the person in question needs to be helped before their situation gets worse.

This can be hard as the feeling of being able to cope and regaining control is somewhat 'addictive', but it can be done. Believe me.

People who do self harm for attention, however, i have no sympathy for whatsoever, because doing things like flaunting cuts on your arms at school, etc, is so insensitive to people who self harm for genuine reasons. And that could be anybody, from any walk of life.
Personal experience:

Parents constantly fighting (though divorced)
Suicidal parent
Bad experiences with parents' partners
Trying hard, yet constantly failing
Hating school
Being worried sick about my best mate
Being alone
and dwelling on it too much

is what drove me to be a cutter.

I stopped by:

Talking to someone i loved and trusted
Reducing the amount of work i had to do
Being determined to get better
by cappslockss August 31, 2007
No, we are not "attention seeking" or "trying to kill ourselves" It's a way out of all our pain. All of you who judge us, you don't know anything about our lives or who the hell we are. Do you? I believe that is a big fat, NO. Do not start telling us we're attention seeking, If we were why would be shy away if you spot them, why do we wear long sleeves? Why the chunky wrist bands and bracelets? It's not a cry for attention, but a release from all you judge mental little idiots.

What the hell gives you the right too do that? You have no idea what you're talking about, come back to me when you've cut up half your body and been through everything we've been through.
Judge mental idiots- You're such an attention seeker, Kill yourself and get it done with.

cutters- I don't cut too die, I cut for control, a release.
by unic0rnpukee December 04, 2011
A neutral word used to name a person. It was created for the "PlaneScape" campaign setting (DnD). It's used in the planar city of Sigil.
Merchant: Oi, cutter, over here! We got the best goods around!
by Versipellis May 24, 2009
One who slashes or scratches parts of there body (typically arms, or inner thighs) usually due to depression, self hatred, or in the worst case, an image. It is a serious problem, and it angers me to see people doing it because they think its cool or want to have some emo image. They need better ways to get attention, and are making it difficult to see the difference between a person with problems, or an attention seeker. People get picked on and bullied and called names, because of those attention seeking twats who think they're cool, because nobody can tell if a person is actually depressed or putting on an act. THANKS A LOT EMO POSERS! A common thing someone does when they want to get noticed, is they dont cover it up, or force it in peoples faces. If you see one of these people, tell them to get a life and stop fucking around. If someone does put a genuine effort in to cover cuts up, they probably have a real problem, and shouldn't be picked on.

And for fuck sake, PLEASE resist from becoming and emo poser, JUST BE YOURSELF!
Emo Cutter Poser: Hey, look at what i did last night, pretty deep huh? (shows cuts on arms)
Stranger that doesnt care: Look dude, you shouldnt do that shit, and if you do, don't shove it in my face, i dont care about you and your stupid emo charade.
Emo Cutter Poser: You just don't appreciate my pain. Its people like you who make us emo
Stranger who doesnt care: DUDE! You dont even know what you're talking about! UGH *walks off*
Emo Cutter Poser: I am so DEEP. So sick of those shallows fools.
by MetalheadRosie June 18, 2008
a person who feels they have to take their pain away by taking it on themselves
mi friernd has been in the hospital countless times and is suicide he is a cutter
by ihatenumetal May 31, 2006
Someone who feels so worthless and low that cutting the only way for release. They are not trying to kill themselves. They're trying to live life without killing themselves. A boy or girl can cut. Age,gender,social class, or anything like that, doesn't matter. Anyone could be a cutter. It's a serious mental health illness, and should be treated as such. Cutters, and all self harmers, have been through a lot to be that depressed to have to hurt themselves to feel anything, so respect them. They're some of the strongest people you'll ever meet.
Bully: you're a stupid cutter just kill yourself already you're worthless and you take up too much space, lose some weight fatty.

ann: *goes home and cuts*
by angelx14 December 01, 2011
In the book/movie A clockwork orange, referring to an unknown amount of money
Jim: Heya phil, how much Cutter do you think is in that wallet?
by Kikral September 30, 2007

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