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  1. a person who engages in headhunting.
  2. a personnel recruiter for a corporation or executive recruitment agency.
  3. an executive recruitment agency.
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Origin of headhunter

First recorded in 1850–55; head + hunter
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for head-hunter

reviewer, headhunter, savage, ogre, primitive, brute, aborigine, ruffian, anthropophagite, ogress, critic, scout, head-hunter

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Historical Examples of head-hunter

  • The antlers were in the velvet and not to the head-hunter's purpose.

    John Ermine of the Yellowstone

    Frederic Remington

  • In one hand he bore the long war spear of the head-hunter he had slain.

    The Mucker

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • Knowing him as I did, I could do nothing but hope that the Head-hunter would be swiftly captured and the case brought to a finish.

  • He's a head-hunter—buys heads—fresh 'uns by preference, an' smokes an' cures 'em hisself, and sells 'em to the museums in Europe.

  • I'm afraid it will get on my nerves, to be continually looking behind a rock, or a tree, for a head-hunter.

Word Origin and History for head-hunter


1853, from head (n.) + hunter. Employment sense attested from 1961.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper