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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.
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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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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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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.
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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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I'm totally shocked by the number of people who find it neccessary to critisize and make fun of cutters. Cutting is a seriuos issue and is no more worty of being made fun of than any other illnesses (down syndrome, diabetes, mental retardation). Cutting is often a sign of bigger issues that need immediate attention, such as depression, anxiety, dissociative disorders, ect. The strange thing about human psychology is that there are no set rules. Everyone is different and expresses themselves in their own way. You don't have to have the worste past in the world to be depressed. Depression is a chemical disorder in your brain that can be passed down geneticly. Just because your parents are rich or not divorced doesn't mean that you cannot have depression. In my experiances depression is triggered by life events that overwhelm the affected person. A death in the family may not bother some as much as it does others. There is no chart to say how sad you should be for each of lifes events, and no way of avoiding your genetic past. Also, the sterotype of mostly girls commiting SI is obsurd. Males are just as likely to SI as females. Maybe they dont seek help like females or do it in different ways (punching walls, knowingly doing dangerous things, ect.).

Athough I will admit that in the large numbers of people in the world it has to be true that some peope cut just for attention. These people can usually be uncovered by listening to them talk. Most cutters tell only the people closest to them (spouse, close friend ect.). Attention seekers would have to let almost everyone they know about thier actions in order to recieve the attention desired. Althought I'm sure there are people who are just tired of hiding thier actions, and decide that they don't care who finds out and judges them, but that doesn't mean they will advertise their affliction. It would become increasing difficult to hide the longer you cut since you will eventually run out of space on your commonly covered skin.
I had the perfect childhood, parents were supportive and married, but am still somehow unexplainably sad, bitter and my glass is half empty. Being a cutter helps releive my stress and anger.
V.S.
My mom left when I was 3 and my dad beat me, but I adapted and overcame those obsitcles and am now a stronger person. I would never imagine harming myself.

by slyh20 April 02, 2006
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