Definition of hunter in US English:



  • 1A person or animal that hunts.

    ‘a deer hunter’
    • ‘Without condemning hunters or hunting, my life simply took me in a different direction.’
    • ‘Paintings of hunters and hunting have been made ever since.’
    • ‘The researchers say archaeological and fossil evidence strongly suggests that ancient hunters pushed the animals to extinction.’
    • ‘With running, they are returning to their ancestral roots as hunters, herders, retrievers and sled pullers.’
    • ‘Some believe that big cats are the obvious choice for hunters who wish to hunt big game with dogs.’
    • ‘Most of the animals living in the surrounding area were those that were being hunted, not the hunter.’
    • ‘Hikers pay to hike, and in the fall, elk hunters pay to hunt.’
    • ‘Though different hunters may share any given place, no two hunters hunt and fish in exactly the same set of places.’
    • ‘In their isolated homeland, the dodoes experienced no animal predators or human hunters to bother them for many years.’
    • ‘It was likely that he had done such a thing many times before - he was a hunter, and hunting took patience.’
    • ‘We mammals come in four types: lone hunters, pack hunters, herds and scavengers.’
    • ‘Most hunters claim they hunt for the thrill of the chase and not the kill.’
    • ‘Yes, turkey hunters love to hunt and are willing to spend serious money in this growing market.’
    • ‘In Scotland, most hunters are Border Collies who've been trained to bark on command.’
    • ‘The people who painted these animals were hunters and they knew their prey well.’
    • ‘There's plenty of public land in this country where hunters can hunt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If bred for fieldwork, English setters are big-running hunters whose handlers ride horses to keep their dogs in sight.’
    • ‘During last year's aerial wolf hunt, hunters in Alaska killed 144 wolves.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’
      • ‘At the site of a former dump, gem hunters can spy all kinds of brilliant, wave-polished beach glass.’
      • ‘But many bargain hunters fail to pay off their store card debts and end up on the receiving end of high charges.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bargain hunters are packing the stores this day after Thanksgiving, traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year.’
      • ‘If you are a bargain hunter, you might be hard pressed to find discounts.’
      • ‘Bargain hunters braved miserable weather to head to the post-Christmas sales this week.’
      • ‘And the ‘shopping city’ is proving a hit in colder climates, with a planeload of Icelandic bargain hunters due to jet in this weekend.’
      • ‘I once went to a car boot sale and marvelled at the greed and hunger of the bargain hunters, me included.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Convinced that ‘image is everything’, they have relinquished manufacturing to become bargain hunters in search of the best deal in the global mall.’
    2. 1.2 A horse of a breed developed for stamina in fox hunting and ability to jump obstacles.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Wills was an incredible hunter, western performance horse, and dressage horse.’
    3. 1.3 The constellation Orion.
  • 2A watch with a hinged cover protecting the glass.