or man·trap



an outdoor trap set for humans, as to snare poachers or trespassers.
Slang. a woman who is purported to be dangerously seductive or who schemes in her amours; femme fatale.

Origin of man-trap

First recorded in 1765–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mantrap

Historical Examples of mantrap

  • The answer to the acrostic is “mantrap”; the missing rhyme is “mishap.”

  • The cousins were alongside in the field which this mantrap bounded.

  • Big hole down there filled up and the bridge that was just a mantrap new floored!

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • The old sheriff never allows any thing done outside the rules, for he's tighter than a mantrap. '

    Manuel Pereira

    F. C. Adams

  • Granted the opportunity, she could easily conceive herself as dealing very vigorously with the mantrap.


    Louis Joseph Vance

British Dictionary definitions for mantrap



a snare for catching people, esp trespassers
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