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 formsfor·tune-hunt·ing, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fortune-hunter

Historical Examples of fortune-hunter

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for fortune-hunter



a person who seeks to secure a fortune, esp through marriage
Derived Formsfortune-hunting, adjective, noun
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