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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ot-er]
    • /ˈɒt ər/
    • /ˈɒt.ər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ot-er]
    • /ˈɒt ər/

Definitions of otter word

  • noun plural otter any of several aquatic, furbearing, weasellike mammals of the genus Lutra and related genera, having webbed feet and a long, slightly flattened tail. 1
  • noun plural otter the fur of an otter. 1
  • noun otter (in the Volsunga Saga) a son of Hreidmar, who assumed the form of an otter when fishing, and who was killed by Loki while in that form. 1
  • noun otter A semiaquatic fish-eating mammal of the weasel family, with an elongated body, dense fur, and webbed feet. 1
  • noun otter animal 1
  • noun otter fur, skin of an otter 1

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Origin of otter

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English otter, oter, Old English otor, ottor; cognate with Dutch, German otter; compare Greek hýdra water serpent (see hydra), Sanskrit udra- otter; akin to water

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Parts of speech for Otter


otter popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 94% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

otter usage trend in Literature

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