man-eater [man-ee-ter] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. an animal, especially a tiger or lion, that eats or is said to eat human flesh.
  2. man-eating shark.
  3. a cannibal.
  4. Slang. femme fatale.

Origin of man-eater First recorded in 1590–1600 Examples from the Web for man-eater Historical Examples of man-eater

  • And thus the man-eater was shut in with the three sleeping men.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • No more than our old war dog Deber-Trud the man-eater did I drop my prey.

    The Brass Bell

    Eugne Sue

  • She was not a man-eater, perhaps, but she was nearly romance-mad.

    Prudence Says So

    Ethel Hueston

  • “I’ll bet that tiger isn’t as great a man-eater as old Witham,” he said.

    The Rival Campers Ashore

    Ruel Perley Smith

  • You might interest a man-eater by initiating him, but would you destroy his appetite?

    At Good Old Siwash

    George Fitch

  • British Dictionary definitions for man-eater man-eater noun

    1. an animal, such as a tiger, that has become accustomed to eating human flesh
    2. any of various sharks that feed on human flesh, esp the great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias)
    3. a human cannibal
    4. informal a woman with many lovers

    Word Origin and History for man-eater n.

    also maneater, c.1600, “cannibal,” from man (n.) + eater (see eat). From 1837 in reference to animals (sharks); 1862 of tigers; 1906 of women. Related: Man-eating.

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