man-eater

noun
man-eat·​er | \ ˈman-ˌē-tər How to pronounce man-eater (audio) \

Definition of man-eater

: one that has or is thought to have an appetite for human flesh: such as
b or man-eating shark : mackerel shark especially : great white shark
c : a large feline (such as a lion or tiger) that has acquired the habit of feeding on human flesh

Other Words from man-eater

man-eating \ ˈman-​ˌē-​tiŋ How to pronounce man-eating (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of man-eater

1600, in the meaning defined above

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“Man-eater.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/man-eater. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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man-eater

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How to pronounce man-eater (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of man-eater

: an animal (such as a shark or a tiger) that kills and eats people
humorous : an attractive woman who has many lovers

man-eater

noun
man-eat·​er | \ ˈman-ˌēt-ər How to pronounce man-eater (audio) \

Medical Definition of man-eater

: one (as a great white shark) that has or is thought to have an appetite for human flesh

Other Words from man-eater

man-eating \ -​ˌēt-​iŋ How to pronounce man-eating (audio) \ adjective

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