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noun Slang.
  1. shrink(def 9).
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Origin of headshrinker

An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; head + shrink + -er1
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Related Words for headshrinker

therapist, psychotherapist, analyst, shrink, headshrinker

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Historical Examples of headshrinker

  • If he could get to a doctor, a headshrinker, it might all be ironed out.

    The Sex Life of the Gods

    Michael Knerr

  • 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

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

    Next Door, Next World

    Robert Donald Locke

British Dictionary definitions for headshrinker


  1. slang a psychoanalystOften shortened to: shrink
  2. a head-hunter who shrinks the heads of his victims
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