What does cotter mean?

Definitions for cotter
ˈkɒt ərcot·ter

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word cotter.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cotter, cottarnoun

    a peasant farmer in the Scottish Highlands

  2. cotter, cottiernoun

    a medieval English villein

  3. cotter, cottarnoun

    fastener consisting of a wedge or pin inserted through a slot to hold two other pieces together


  1. cotternoun

    A pin or wedge inserted through a slot to hold machine parts together.

  2. cotternoun

    Erroneously, sometimes used of a cotter pin.

  3. cotternoun

    A peasant who performed labour in exchange for the right to live in a cottage.


  1. cotter

    A cotter is a pin or wedge passing through a hole to fix parts tightly together, typically used in mechanical devices or machinery to secure another part. It is usually made of metal and has a flat or curved shape.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cotternoun

    alt. of Cottar

  2. Cotternoun

    a piece of wood or metal, commonly wedge-shaped, used for fastening together parts of a machine or structure. It is driven into an opening through one or all of the parts. [See Illust.] In the United States a cotter is commonly called a key

  3. Cotternoun

    a toggle

  4. Cotterverb

    to fasten with a cotter


  1. Cotter

    Cotter is a city in Baxter County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 1,078 at the 2010 census.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cotter

    kot′ėr, n. a pin or wedge for fastening and tightening. [Origin obscure.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cotter is ranked #3010 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cotter surname appeared 11,904 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 would have the surname Cotter.

    94.5% or 11,252 total occurrences were White.
    2.1% or 254 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 161 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.7% or 89 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.7% or 85 total occurrences were Black.
    0.5% or 64 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cotter in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cotter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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