[ deer-staw-ker ]
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  1. a person who stalks deer.

  2. Also called fore-and-after. a close-fitting woolen cap having a visor in front and in back, with earflaps usually raised and tied on top of the crown, worn as a hunting cap: especially associated with Sherlock Holmes.

Origin of deerstalker

First recorded in 1810–20; deer + stalker

Other words from deerstalker

  • deerstalking, noun

Words Nearby deerstalker Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use deerstalker in a sentence

  • Dangle, barring his swollen eye, was a refined-looking little man, and he wore a deerstalker cap and was dressed in dark grey.

    The Wheels of Chance | H. G. Wells

British Dictionary definitions for deerstalker


/ (ˈdɪəˌstɔːkə) /

  1. Also called: stalker a person who stalks deer, esp in order to shoot them

  2. a hat, peaked in front and behind, with earflaps usually turned up and tied together on the top

Derived forms of deerstalker

  • deerstalking, adjective, noun

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