hunter

A hunter is someone who seeks, pursues, or looks for something. Some hunters hunt deer but if you're a bargain hunter, you love to search department stores and yard sales for really good deals.

Besides hunting for bargains, or for ghosts in her grandparents' attic, a hunter is also a person who enjoys the sport of pursuing and killing game animals and birds. Some hunters hunt for food, while others do it for fun. In Old English, the word was hunta, from huntian, "chase game," which is related to hentan, "to seize."

Definitions of hunter
  1. noun
    a person who searches for something
    “a treasure hunter
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    types:
    forager
    someone who hunts for food and provisions
    type of:
    quester, searcher, seeker
    someone making a search or inquiry
  2. noun
    someone who hunts game
    synonyms: huntsman
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    examples:
    Nimrod
    (Old Testament) a famous hunter
    types:
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    bounty hunter
    a hunter who kills predatory wild animals in order to collect a bounty
    courser
    a huntsman who hunts small animals with fast dogs that use sight rather than scent to follow their prey
    deer hunter
    hunter of deer
    duck hunter
    hunter of ducks
    falconer, hawker
    a person who breeds and trains hawks and who follows the sport of falconry
    fowler
    someone who hunts wild birds for food
    huntress
    a woman hunter
    lion-hunter
    someone who hunts lions
    pothunter
    someone who hunts for food (not for sport)
    snarer
    someone who sets snares for birds or small animals
    stalker
    someone who stalks game
    tracker
    someone who tracks down game
    trapper
    someone who sets traps for animals (usually to obtain their furs)
    coureur de bois
    a French Canadian trapper
    type of:
    skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker
    a worker who has acquired special skills
  3. noun
    a watch with a hinged metal lid to protect the crystal
    synonyms: hunting watch
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    type of:
    ticker, watch
    a small portable timepiece
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