head·​hunt·​er ˈhed-ˌhən-tər How to pronounce headhunter (audio)
: one that engages in head-hunting
: a recruiter of personnel especially at the executive level
: an athlete who intentionally seeks to harm an opponent

Examples of headhunter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Here, members of Forbes Coaches Council share 16 key insights to keep in mind during your search for a headhunter to find the right fit. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 10 Jan. 2023 Luck would have it that a headhunter introduced her to Miyako Nakamura, who studied fashion design in college and worked freelance with designers like Zac Posen and Jason Wu. Jane Thier, Fortune, 6 Sep. 2023 Consulting alumni are eyed by headhunters for the ability to see patterns, problems, and solutions from a bird’s-eye view. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 23 Aug. 2023 While there are countless recruiters and other resources available online, finding the right headhunter to partner with requires some effort. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 10 Jan. 2023 Your final option is to provide him your contacts, while letting the headhunters know of your concerns about him. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 21 Apr. 2023 Each one falls into a different category: maiming items dismember, bulldozer weapons send zombies flying, and headhunter tools, er, hunt heads. Matt Gardner, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2023 Bringing these skills together with a headhunter’s mindset is a unique balance. Alison Coleman, Forbes, 23 Jan. 2023 Chief Justice John Roberts is also under fire because his wife reportedly made more than $10 million as a headhunter placing attorneys at multiple law firms, including at least one that went on to argue a case before the Supreme Court. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 2 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of headhunter was in 1800

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“Headhunter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headhunter. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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