Prey is an animal hunted for food. If you're a delicious-looking deer during hunting season, watch your back! You're the prey for all those guys in orange jackets carrying rifles.

Prey can also mean the human subject of an attack, or ridicule, by another person. Remember those bullies in school? The younger kids whom they shoved into lockers were their prey. Prey can also be used as a verb, meaning to hunt or go after. I bet most people would agree it's better to prey on something else than to be the preyed upon!

Definitions of prey

n animal hunted or caught for food

Type of:
animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna
a living organism characterized by voluntary movement

n a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence

“he fell prey to muggers”
fair game, quarry, target
Type of:
an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance

v prey on or hunt for

predate, raven
Type of:
wander and feed

v profit from in an exploitatory manner

Type of:
exploit, work
use or manipulate to one's advantage

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