[ man-ee-ting ]
See synonyms for man-eating on
  1. feeding on or having an appetite for human flesh: a man-eating tiger.

Origin of man-eating

First recorded in 1600–10

Words Nearby man-eating Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use man-eating in a sentence

  • He was a fat man—eating roast pork, and apple-sauce, and mashed potatoes, and bread.

    Love's Pilgrimage | Upton Sinclair
  • There is a man eating his supper on the parapet below me, in front of the road.

    Rollo on the Rhine | Jacob Abbott
  • The people wondered to see me approach from the jungle, dreaded as being the jungle of the man-eating tiger.

    Laos Folk-Lore of Farther India | Katherine Neville Fleeson
  • Who then will complain of a few regular man-eating sharks along the back-side?

    Cape Cod | Henry D. Thoreau
  • A tigerskin with a man-eating head, over which I tripped, had not always been in the way before a cast-iron mantelpiece.

    Witching Hill | E. W. Hornung

British Dictionary definitions for man-eating


  1. eating human flesh

  2. informal (of a woman) having many lovers

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