head·​shrink·​er ˈhed-ˌshriŋ-kər How to pronounce headshrinker (audio)
 especially Southern  -ˌsriŋ-

Examples of headshrinker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This headshrinker needs to be a patient. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2023 Six headshrinkers practiced in the Wylie-Hoffert building. James Ellroy, Vanities, 7 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of headshrinker was in 1950

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“Headshrinker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headshrinker. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


head·​shrink·​er -ˌshriŋk-ər How to pronounce headshrinker (audio)

Medical Definition


head·​shrink·​er -ˌshriŋ-kər How to pronounce headshrinker (audio)
: shrink
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