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From Urdu شکار‎ / Hindi शिकार (śikār), from Persian شکار(šekâr).



shikar (countable and uncountable, plural shikars)

  1. (India) Hunting, sport; a hunting expedition.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘Miss Youghal's Sais’, Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio Society 2007, p. 25:
      Where other men took ten days to the Hills, Strickland took leave for what he called shikar, put on the disguise that appealed to him at the time, stepped down into the brown crowd, and was swallowed up for a while.
    • 1924, EM Forster, A Passage to India, Penguin 2005, p. 130:
      They climbed up the ladder, and he mounted shikar fashion, treading first on the sharp edge of the heel and then into the looped-up tail.
  2. hunting guide (elsewhere besides India, e.g. Australia)

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shikar (third-person singular simple present shikars, present participle shikaring or shikarring, simple past and past participle shikared or shikarred)

  1. (India, dated, transitive, intransitive) To hunt; to go hunting.