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[shi-kahr](in India)
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  1. the hunting of game for sport.
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verb (used with or without object), shi·karred, shi·kar·ring.
  1. to hunt.
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Origin of shikar

1600–10; < Urdu < Persian
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Examples from the Web for shikar

Historical Examples

  • Bloodshed was the only thing lacking in this shikar, at least I cannot recall any.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • They were swarms of lice and fleas, and we did a shikar for them most of the night.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite

    Edward O. Mousley

  • All the officer Sahibs of Deoli and Nasirabad go in this tonga for shikar.

    From Sea to Sea

    Rudyard Kipling

  • But he hears the shrill cry of a squirrel—this at once recalls to him the image of the little rodent and past shikar.

    Birds of the Plains

    Douglas Dewar

  • With regard to the shikar, (shooting) both large and small game abound.

British Dictionary definitions for shikar


  1. hunting, esp big-game hunting
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verb -kars, -karring or -karred
  1. to hunt (game, esp big game)
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Word Origin

C17: via Urdu from Persian
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