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fortune hunter

a person who hopes to prosper, especially through marriage to someone of wealth.
Origin of fortune hunter
First recorded in 1680-90
Related forms
fortune-hunting, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • But who ever heard the opprobrious term 'fortune-hunter' given to a woman?

    Molly Bawn Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  • They called her an amorous widow, and Piozzi a fortune-hunter.

  • I a victim—I the prey of a fortune-hunter, or the slave of a brute!

    Cruel As The Grave Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  • "A fortune-hunter," he murmured, with a meaning glance at Hall.

    The Gold Bag Carolyn Wells
  • But that would be encouraging his son to be a fortune-hunter!

    The Man Bram Stoker
  • There is nothing in the world more despicable than a fortune-hunter!

    Love in a Cloud

    Arlo Bates
  • You can bear witness that I was not a fortune-hunter, said Philip, laughing.

    Dust Julian Hawthorne
  • The mans a scoundrel; hes nothing better than a fortune-hunter.

    The Bishop's Apron W. Somerset Maugham
  • Too late Mrs. Newton had learned that she had wedded a fortune-hunter.

    Bound to Succeed Allen Chapman
  • I tell you he is corrupt to the core of his heart—a spendthrift and a fortune-hunter!

    A Changed Heart May Agnes Fleming
British Dictionary definitions for fortune-hunter


a person who seeks to secure a fortune, esp through marriage
Derived Forms
fortune-hunting, adjective, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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