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[hed-shring-ker] /ˈhɛdˌʃrɪŋ kər/
noun, Slang.
shrink (def 9).
Origin of headshrinker
An Americanism dating back to 1945-50; head + shrink + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for headshrinker
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  • If he could get to a doctor, a headshrinker, it might all be ironed out.

    The Sex Life of the Gods Michael Knerr
  • You're a headshrinker, Jack—why do so many minds cling to unreason with such a sullen fury?

  • Then, he'd meekly surrender and quietly go crazy in his cell, until the headshrinker came and confirmed it for real.

    Next Door, Next World Robert Donald Locke
  • Seems the brass are holding you for observation until some headshrinker gets in from HQ.

    Next Door, Next World Robert Donald Locke
British Dictionary definitions for headshrinker


(slang) a psychoanalyst Often shortened to shrink
a head-hunter who shrinks the heads of his victims
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for headshrinker



Any psychotherapist, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, etc; shrink: with a good deal more understanding than any clergyman or headshrinker/ You lousy smug headpeeper (1950+ Medical)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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