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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A big-game hunter.
  • n. A guide for big-game hunting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hunter or tracker, especially in the Indian subcontinent.


Hindi shikārī, from Persian, from shikār, hunting, from Middle Persian shkār.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Urdu / Hindi شکاری / शिकारी (šikārī), from Persian شکاری (šekāri) ‘of hunting’, from شکار (šekār) ‘hunting, game’. (Wiktionary)


  • The shikari — mysterious, wizened, in loose turbans —


  • Up there, on the top floor, was not only as dangerous a man as I'd ever met, but a top-hole shikari, a night-bird, a trained and skilful hunter who could catch the sound of grass growing.


  • For even as Moran brought his right hand to the stock of his rifle, and settled into his aim, my faltering trigger-finger got a fit of the shakes; my aim wavered, and I paused, sweating - and in that moment I learned that, old as I was, I was a better shikari than Moran would ever be.


  • I'd had him before, and he was a damned good shikari - they all are, of course.


  • Then, ibn Wahshiyah showed up tangled up in Yeats' imagery in A Vision, although I have to admit that by this time I and my faithful shikari Google had been back-tracking ibn Wahshiyah, not wishing to fall victim to his snares once again.

    Kenneth Hite's Journal

  • But he was, after all, an old shikari and a senior diplomat.

    The Complete Federation Of The Hub

  • Except in the pursuit of various classes of flying animals, a shikari would not, for example, be permitted the use of an aircar other than as a means of simple transportation.

    The Complete Federation Of The Hub

  • Native bearers, beaters, guides, a shikari who knows the country.

    Operation Luna

  • "I wonder that my very simple stratagem could deceive so old a shikari," said Holmes.

    The Adventure of the Empty House

  • I'd had him before, and he was a damned good shikari — they all are, of course.

    Flashman In The Great Game


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  • hunter, used as a metaphor for those girls who kill with their eyes and what have you

    May 24, 2009