head·​hunt·​er | \ ˈhed-ˌhən-tər How to pronounce headhunter (audio) \

Definition of headhunter

1 : one that engages in head-hunting
2 : a recruiter of personnel especially at the executive level
3 : an athlete who intentionally seeks to harm an opponent

Examples of headhunter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the 10 years that ended June 30, 2020, Yale’s fund had the third-best return among large U.S. university endowments according to Charles Skorina, a headhunter for endowments, foundations and Wall Street firms. Susan Adams, Forbes, 6 May 2021 The data revealed that around 18% of them had been recruited to their current role by either a firm directly or an external headhunter. Pavel Krapivin, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021 Judy Wald, a top headhunter and talent spotter who shaped careers in advertising’s golden era and transformed the industry’s recruiting field, died on Feb. 12 in Manhattan. Stacy Cowley, New York Times, 23 Feb. 2021 Despite his reputation as a headhunter, Gibson had pinpoint control and only hit 102 batters in his career. Jared Diamond, WSJ, 3 Oct. 2020 Amazon’s board will want to hang on to his magic touch for as long as possible, says a headhunter who knows the firm well. The Economist, 18 June 2020 Both domestic and foreign institutions have slowed recruitment, according to headhunters in the financial hubs. Ishika Mookerjee, Bloomberg.com, 10 May 2020 In 1989, a headhunter recruited her for a job in Citicorp’s private-banking arm. New York Times, 4 Feb. 2020 As the big headhunters have grown bigger, boutique firms have struggled to keep up. The Economist, 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of headhunter

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Headhunter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headhunter. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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