a cutter is a slang term for someone who for whatever reason self-harms. this is in NO WAY to be confused with the recent teeny-bopper craze of being emo where children dress in black and bright colours and claim to be "misunderstood" and cut because MCR have sung about it. i am being generic ofcourse, im sure some emo children have problems.

the reson behind this cutting, can stem from anything from stress, to full blown clinical depression, and often is caused by some traumatic event in the person life. whatever the cause or the reason it is equally serious. cutting is a form of relife, whether to take your anger out on yourself or because you feel worthless and are unhappy with your life, or even just because you are so frustrated you don't know what else you can do. it is a coping strategy, it is therefore almost the opposite to suicide where a person is giving up on life, cutting is perseverence.

cutters are often branded attention seekers. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. i can say from my own personal experience, when you bear the scars of cutting, the last thing you want is anyone to pay attention to them. i spent some of the hottest days of summer in long sleeves until i almost passed out, was forced to remove my jumper and had school friends commenting on my cuts, from then on i preceeded to cut on my stomache.

the best thing you can do to help someone you think might be cutting is to avoid talking about their cuts but constantly reassure them that you care about them and offer them a shoulder to cry on. but don't feel you have to share their burden.
how a cutter feels (based on personal memories): i have a mountain of coursework due in on monday and my parents are in the middle of a divorce and i have no self confidence causing me to be paranoid about what people are saying about me and i am disgusted with my apperance - the pressure and emotion of all of this is building up in my chest i can feel it physically hurting, its hard to breath - wheres my razor? - there, run it over my skin a few times, it cuts like a knife through butter - relife, i can breath again.
by magic. August 21, 2008
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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