Definition of man-catcher in US English:

man-catcher

noun

  • 1A person who catches or traps men.

  • 2North American slang, an employment agent or agency; specifically one enlisting vagrants to work on ships, etc.; compare "crimp".

  • 3An instrument used for catching men.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Mercurius Pragmaticus.