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[man-ee-ter] /ˈmænˌi tər/
an animal, especially a tiger or lion, that eats or is said to eat human flesh.
a cannibal.
Slang. femme fatale.
Origin of man-eater
First recorded in 1590-1600 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for man-eater
Historical Examples
  • And thus the man-eater was shut in with the three sleeping men.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin
  • No more than our old war dog Deber-Trud the man-eater did I drop my prey.

    The Brass Bell Eugne Sue
  • She was not a man-eater, perhaps, but she was nearly romance-mad.

    Prudence Says So

    Ethel Hueston
  • "I'll bet that tiger isn't as great a man-eater as old Witham," he said.

    The Rival Campers Ashore

    Ruel Perley Smith
  • You might interest a man-eater by initiating him, but would you destroy his appetite?

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • The man-eater is dead—stabbed through the heart—and Conan is gone!'

    The Hour of the Dragon Robert E. Howard
  • Had his men become frightened by tales of the man-eater, and fled?

    The Red Lure Roy J. Snell
  • There was his machete, to be sure, but what was this against the claws of a man-eater?

    The Red Lure Roy J. Snell
  • Six long days they were on the trail, and the man-eater did not trouble them again.

    Jack in the Rockies George Bird Grinnell
  • The lion, in a few days, had proved not only to be a man-eater, but a man-hunter.

British Dictionary definitions for man-eater


an animal, such as a tiger, that has become accustomed to eating human flesh
any of various sharks that feed on human flesh, esp the great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias)
a human cannibal
(informal) a woman with many lovers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for man-eater

also maneater, c.1600, "cannibal," from man (n.) + eater (see eat). From 1837 in reference to animals (sharks); 1862 of tigers; 1906 of women. Related: Man-eating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for man-eater



A sexually voracious woman; also, a femme fatale (1906+)

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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