hunter

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English hunter, huntere, honter, equivalent to hunt +‎ -er. Compare Old English hunta (hunter).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhʌntɚ/, [ˈhʌɾ̃ɚ]
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: hun‧ter
  • Rhymes: -ʌntə(r)

Noun[edit]

hunter (plural hunters, feminine huntress)

  1. One who hunts game for sport or for food; a huntsman or huntswoman.
  2. A dog used in hunting.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  3. A horse used in hunting, especially a thoroughbred, bred and trained for hunting.
    • (Can we date this quote by William Thackeray and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      a sound, swift, well-fed hunter and roadster
    • 1863, Sheridan Le Fanu, The House by the Churchyard:
      No one, however, thought of the haughty and secluded young gentleman who [] when he rode on his black hunter into Dublin, avoided the village, and took the high-road by Inchicore.
    • 2009, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Fourth Estate 2010, p. 480:
      Henry, laughing, spurs away his hunter under the dripping trees.
  4. One who hunts or seeks after anything.
    The hunter becomes the hunted.
    a fortune hunter
    • (Can we date this quote by Tennyson and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      No keener hunter after glory breathes.
  5. (psychology) A person who bottles up their aggression and eventually releases it explosively.
    Coordinate term: howler
    • 2008, J. Reid Meloy, ‎Lorraine Sheridan, ‎Jens Hoffmann, Stalking, Threatening, and Attacking Public Figures (page 121)
      Although their behavior does not have the same impact as hunters, howlers nevertheless distract the public figure and compel security and law enforcement []
    • 2015, Steve Albrecht, Library Security: Better Communication, Safer Facilities
      Hunters stalk their targets, make detailed plans, acquire and practice with weapons, and try to hurt or kill people. Howlers make bomb threats to schools, malls, churches, businesses, and government offices.
  6. A kind of spider, the huntsman or hunting spider.
  7. A pocket watch with a spring-hinged circular metal cover that closes over the dial and crystal, protecting them from dust and scratches.

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From hunten +‎ -er.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

hunter (plural hunters)

  1. hunter

Descendants[edit]

  • English: hunter