Definition of hunter in English:



  • 1A person or animal that hunts.

    ‘a deer hunter’
    • ‘Yes, turkey hunters love to hunt and are willing to spend serious money in this growing market.’
    • ‘Most of the animals living in the surrounding area were those that were being hunted, not the hunter.’
    • ‘With running, they are returning to their ancestral roots as hunters, herders, retrievers and sled pullers.’
    • ‘Most hunters claim they hunt for the thrill of the chase and not the kill.’
    • ‘The people who painted these animals were hunters and they knew their prey well.’
    • ‘The researchers say archaeological and fossil evidence strongly suggests that ancient hunters pushed the animals to extinction.’
    • ‘During last year's aerial wolf hunt, hunters in Alaska killed 144 wolves.’
    • ‘Hikers pay to hike, and in the fall, elk hunters pay to hunt.’
    • ‘Some believe that big cats are the obvious choice for hunters who wish to hunt big game with dogs.’
    • ‘She is also hoping that the fox which killed her chickens could be hunted down by local hunters and shot before it kills other people's animals.’
    • ‘While a majority of hunters prefer to hunt in a group for the experience and camaraderie, many choose to hunt alone, and oftentimes in remote areas.’
    • ‘In their isolated homeland, the dodoes experienced no animal predators or human hunters to bother them for many years.’
    • ‘In Scotland, most hunters are Border Collies who've been trained to bark on command.’
    • ‘Paintings of hunters and hunting have been made ever since.’
    • ‘We mammals come in four types: lone hunters, pack hunters, herds and scavengers.’
    • ‘Without condemning hunters or hunting, my life simply took me in a different direction.’
    • ‘It was likely that he had done such a thing many times before - he was a hunter, and hunting took patience.’
    • ‘If bred for fieldwork, English setters are big-running hunters whose handlers ride horses to keep their dogs in sight.’
    • ‘There's plenty of public land in this country where hunters can hunt.’
    • ‘Though different hunters may share any given place, no two hunters hunt and fish in exactly the same set of places.’
    huntsman, huntswoman, stalker, trapper, woodsman
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    1. 1.1 A person searching for something.
      ‘a bargain hunter’
      • ‘Legitimate ghost hunters will not charge for their services.’
      • ‘But many bargain hunters fail to pay off their store card debts and end up on the receiving end of high charges.’
      • ‘And the ‘shopping city’ is proving a hit in colder climates, with a planeload of Icelandic bargain hunters due to jet in this weekend.’
      • ‘So this is what had happened to the modest young amateur champion, I thought, as I watched him struggle through crowds, fend off autograph hunters and grapple with the press.’
      • ‘Bargain hunters are packing the stores this day after Thanksgiving, traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year.’
      • ‘Bargain hunters braved miserable weather to head to the post-Christmas sales this week.’
      • ‘I once went to a car boot sale and marvelled at the greed and hunger of the bargain hunters, me included.’
      • ‘At the site of a former dump, gem hunters can spy all kinds of brilliant, wave-polished beach glass.’
      • ‘The results are reinforced by reports of an increase in consumer activity in the shops during the hot weather, following a period of lower spending, with bargain hunters tempted by sales.’
      • ‘Merchants are hoping for a crush of last minute shoppers today, and bargain hunters after Christmas to make up for disappointing sales up until now.’
      • ‘Convinced that ‘image is everything’, they have relinquished manufacturing to become bargain hunters in search of the best deal in the global mall.’
      • ‘If you are a bargain hunter, you might be hard pressed to find discounts.’
    2. 1.2 A horse of a breed developed for stamina in fox-hunting and ability to jump obstacles.
      • ‘Today, the Cleveland has established itself as a heavy hunter able to jump out of clay almost from a standstill.’
      • ‘In addition to her success with racehorses, she owned many champion hunters.’
      • ‘This horse was a hunter, and would easily manage the hilly countryside.’
      • ‘In hunters the horses are judged on form over fences and when they jump from a comfortable distance their form is shown off the best.’
      • ‘Wills was an incredible hunter, western performance horse, and dressage horse.’
    3. 1.3the Hunter The constellation Orion.
  • 2A watch with a hinged cover protecting the glass.