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  1. an intensive search for a criminal, suspect, escaped convict, etc., as by law enforcement agencies.
  2. an intensive search for any person.
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Origin of manhunt

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; man1 + hunt
Related formsman hunter, noun
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Examples from the Web for manhunter

Historical Examples

  • By his servile cruelty he had earned the nickname of the Manhunter.

    The History of England from the Accession of James II.

    Thomas Babington Macaulay

  • "It is scarce an ennobling life—that of a manhunter," said Mr. Buxton.

    By What Authority?

    Robert Hugh Benson

  • "He was never on, and I have no list," says the manhunter grittingly.

    The Quickening

    Francis Lynde

  • It was certain that the manhunter was after him, but again, in scorn, he accepted the challenge and poured a stiff dram.

  • The manhunter straightened, threw Jeff to the floor, darted from the room and out into the hall.

British Dictionary definitions for manhunter


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