Critter

usgb/ˈkrɪtər/Volume
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Colloquial TermPlay
Used in casual conversation, not in formal writing or speech. SlideI saw a critter scurry across the trail during our hike.
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Endearment PossiblePlay
'Critter' can sound affectionate when referencing small, cute animals. SlideLook at that cute little critter playing in the yard!
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Often Small AnimalsPlay
Typically refers to animals that are smaller in size, not big ones. SlideWe have a few backyard critters, like birds and rabbits.