an intensive search for a criminal, suspect, escaped convict, etc., as by law enforcement agencies.
an intensive search for any person.

Origin of manhunt

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; man1 + hunt
Related formsman hunter, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of manhunt

Historical Examples of manhunt

  • They told how Tomo was wrought to a pitch of frenzied interest by this manhunt.

  • The hunger for the manhunt is like the hunger for food, and Bill Dozier had been starved for many a day.

  • It was not an especially auspicious beginning to their manhunt.

  • But everybody seemed to know about the manhunt that was going on, here, there, and everywhere.

  • This made the dude keep still; but he did dislike this “manhunt” in the thick brush of Acorn Island.

British Dictionary definitions for manhunt



an organized search, usually by police, for a wanted man or fugitive
Derived Formsmanhunter, noun
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