[ hed-shring-ker ]
/ ˈhɛdˌʃrɪŋ kər /

noun Slang.

Origin of headshrinker

An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; head + shrink + -er1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for headshrinker

  • Seems the brass are holding you for observation until some headshrinker gets in from HQ.

    Next Door, Next World|Robert Donald Locke
  • If he could get to a doctor, a headshrinker, it might all be ironed out.

  • You're a headshrinker, Jack—why do so many minds cling to unreason with such a sullen fury?

  • Then, he'd meekly surrender and quietly go crazy in his cell, until the headshrinker came and confirmed it for real.

    Next Door, Next World|Robert Donald Locke

British Dictionary definitions for headshrinker

/ (ˈhɛdˌʃrɪŋkə) /


slang a psychoanalystOften shortened to: shrink
a head-hunter who shrinks the heads of his victims
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012