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 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
A cutter is not necessarily a emo person, they are simply a person who has so much pain (both mental and physical) that they feel that they do not have control over themselves and the only way that they can feel in control is when they cut themselves.
A person who has been abused, mentally or physically, wants to be in control over something, in which some cases it leads to personal injury. Cutters are not emo or goththey are just your everday person with too much pain.
by Destructive Beauty March 22, 2007
a person who purposely inflicts physical injury on themself, usually by slicing the inner arms with a razor or other sharp object, such as glass, kitchen knives, etc.
burning and other harmful acts also fall under the category of self mutilation or self harm.
it affects women more than men, but when a man is a self mutilator, the injuries they inflict upon themselves are significantly more severe than the injuries of women(however, this is not always the case).
Female Cutter: slices of varying depth and length along the inner forearms; burns from a cigarette tip.
Male Cutter: razorblade completely imbedded in the skin, cuts that go down to the bone or into the muscle tissue; burns that cover large areas of body(an entire arm or most of the back)
by thevolk December 30, 2006
a person that can't express their emotions in any other way besides cutting/scratching their skin, or so it seems to them, sometimes depressed but not always, needs support from friends and family
sarah saw the scars on her friends arms when her friend was whearing a T-shirt and was surprised to learn her best friend is still a cutter herself even though she said she stopped.
by L.A.M June 10, 2007
A cutter is someone who can't deal with the stress that is going on in their lives. Focusing on the pain of the cut is taking the mind temporarily off the problem.
I was a cutter twelve years ago and once I removed myself from the stressful situation I stopped. Now, twelve years later I started doing it again by being in a toxic relationship. I completely forgot that I had done this but as soon as I could not handle the anxiety, feeling completely out of control, it was the first thing I turned to do to relieve it.
by milesfromnowhere September 02, 2010
someone who cant deal with life, some feel like they wamt to die, they cut themselfs to relive emotional pain. they most likely have a mental disorder, crying probably used to help the pain but it stoped so they felt physical pain could help relive the emotional pain, not all cutters who tell friends or dont hide the scars are attitntion seekers.
i cut my self and it did help, i dont always hide the scars, but i try as offten as i can, my best freinds know and my mom knows and shes getting me perffesional help. sometimes it feels like i have to cut my self and i use all my will power not to because i dont want to be a cutter anymore.
by suicidal hate October 18, 2006
The meaning of the name Cutter is Gem Cutter

The origin of the name Cutter is English

A human being who surpasses all with his adorable butt, pretty eyes and wonderful personality.

A man who is ambitious, spontaneous, highly intelligent, an abstract thinker and a great lover.

An amazing friend who is always there for you. He's crazy, exciting, and never fails to make you smile. Most of all, he's a great person.

a man who's amazing in bed, great hair, and a smile that makes you melt. he's amazing all around.
"That Cutter is Hot!"

"I would give anything to be with Cutter"
by THEONLYONEWHOCOUNTS February 03, 2010
Midwest term? Person with really short hair like a crew cut. Used in a negative sense.
There was a bunch of cutters acting like D-bags at the Phish show.
by avant/chi fan February 02, 2009

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