Definition of hunted in US English:



  • 1Being pursued or searched for.

    ‘they ran like hunted hares’
    • ‘After helping a wounded and hunted Duke whom she barely knows escape the city, Grace finds herself under increasing suspicion of being a traitor to the cause.’
    • ‘Then, she said she felt like ‘a hunted animal’, with hacks parked outside her hotel room, and she even complained of a stalker and intruder.’
    • ‘In the case of hunted animals the government had to legislate to protect them.’
    • ‘My concern is not only for the hunted animals but also for those who participate in this activity.’
    • ‘Doug appears in the doorframe, but first peers out into the corridor like a hunted fox searching for his pursuers.’
    • ‘The death of a hunted fox is about as quick as a death can be.’
    • ‘In a swirl of black cloth, the most hunted man in all the country appeared in the window.’
    • ‘It's a tale of love, hatred, betrayal and greed, which moves with the pace of a bull elephant, the ferocity of a wounded lion and with more twists and turns than a hunted gazelle.’
    • ‘He and two of his men drove there and he spotted the hunted man.’
    • ‘When men first began to hunt and the dog associated itself with man, dogs would surround or attack the hunted animal and the men would come up and finish the job.’
    • ‘They all fall to the ground and lie quivering like the tail of a hunted lizard.’
    • ‘When O'Grady returned he acted like a wild and hunted animal.’
    • ‘A hunted fox either escapes to go about its business, or gets ripped apart by the pack.’
    • ‘St. Aidan, because he is said to have miraculously saved a stag from hounds, is invoked as protector of hunted animals.’
    • ‘For example, an estimated 40 per cent of hunted seals, she says, are skinned alive.’
    • ‘One moment he is snatching his compact frame from the jaws of gravity; the next he is springing like a hunted animal from his heel to the ball of his foot.’
    • ‘It also makes his rapid ascent in our historical consciousness - from hunted criminal to mythic archetype - all the more breathtaking.’
    1. 1.1 Appearing worn or harassed as if one is being pursued.
      ‘his eyes had a hunted look’
      • ‘They can still look a bit nervous around town, a hunted look in their eyes.’
      • ‘Their vehemence left him with a hunted air, his eyes flickering here and there, looking for escape.’
      • ‘I did run into an American woman who had a hunted look in her eyes, clutched her bag to her chest, kept gesturing to all around to stay away.’
      • ‘That same, haunted, hunted look combined with a glee at what he has managed to get away with so far?’
      • ‘He looked both hunted and even haunted, as you look at those photographs, the images of him being examined by physicians to determine his state of health.’
      harassed, persecuted, harried, hounded, besieged, beleaguered, troubled, stressed, tormented
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