Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A cannibal.
  • noun In India, a tiger that has acquired a taste for human flesh; a tiger supposed or known to have a special propensity for killing and eating human beings. The name is sometimes extended to the lion and the hyena, on the same supposition.
  • noun One of several kinds of large sharks supposed to be specially formidable to man; specifically, Carcharodon rondeleti, a very large shark of the family Lamnidæ.
  • noun The dobson or hellgrammite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) One who, or that which, has an appetite for human flesh; specifically, one of certain large sharks (esp. Carcharodon carcharias syn. Carcharodon Rondeleti); also, a lion or a tiger which has acquired the habit of feeding upon human flesh.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An animal that has a reputation for eating humans, such as the tiger or shark.
  • noun A cannibal.
  • noun by extension, slang A woman with a threatening attitude, often readily taking and discarding male romantic partners.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun large aggressive shark widespread in warm seas; known to attack humans
  • noun a person who eats human flesh

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Examples

  • In the last few years, divers like Winram have been debunking the sinister reputation of the so-called man-eater.

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  • In the last few years, divers like Winram have been debunking the sinister reputation of the so-called man-eater.

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  • His friend who took this photo, William Winram, calls himself a "Shark Publicist" who wants to show that humans' natural fear of the so-called man-eater has been blown way out of proportion.

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  • In the last few years, divers like Winram have been debunking the sinister reputation of the so-called man-eater.

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  • His friend who took this photo, William Winram, calls himself a "Shark Publicist" who wants to show that humans' natural fear of the so-called man-eater has been blown way out of proportion.

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  • His friend who took this photo, William Winram, calls himself a "Shark Publicist" who wants to show that humans' natural fear of the so-called man-eater has been blown way out of proportion.

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  • Except for a select few critics, this story of a demon-possessed high school man-eater (literally) has not been greeted kindly.

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  • Both journalists and the scientific community have a responsibility to promote and provide a more holistic, realistic perspective to counter the prevailing man-eater myth mentality.

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  • Both journalists and the scientific community have a responsibility to promote and provide a more holistic, realistic perspective to counter the prevailing man-eater myth mentality.

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  • I graduated from high school as the ultimate man-eater.

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