hunter vs huntsman what difference

what is difference between hunter and huntsman



From Middle English hunter, huntere, honter, equivalent to hunt +‎ -er. Compare Old English hunta (hunter).


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhʌntɚ/, [ˈhʌɾ̃ɚ]
  • Hyphenation: hun‧ter
  • Rhymes: -ʌntə(r)


hunter (plural hunters, feminine huntress)

  1. One who hunts game for sport or for food; a huntsman or huntswoman.
  2. A dog used in hunting.
  3. A horse used in hunting, especially a thoroughbred, bred and trained for hunting.
    • 1857-1859, William Makepeace Thackeray, The Virginians
      a sound, swift, well-bred hunter and roadster
    • 2009, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Fourth Estate 2010, p. 480:
      Henry, laughing, spurs away his hunter under the dripping trees.
  4. One who hunts or seeks after anything.
    The hunter becomes the hunted.
    a fortune hunter
    • ?, Alfred Tennyson, Lancelot and Elaine
      No keener hunter after glory breathes.
  5. (psychology) A person who bottles up their aggression and eventually releases it explosively.
    Coordinate term: howler
    • 2008, J. Reid Meloy, Lorraine Sheridan, Jens Hoffmann, Stalking, Threatening, and Attacking Public Figures (page 121)
      Although their behavior does not have the same impact as hunters, howlers nevertheless distract the public figure and compel security and law enforcement []
    • 2015, Steve Albrecht, Library Security: Better Communication, Safer Facilities
      Hunters stalk their targets, make detailed plans, acquire and practice with weapons, and try to hurt or kill people. Howlers make bomb threats to schools, malls, churches, businesses, and government offices.
  6. A kind of spider, the huntsman or hunting spider.
  7. A pocket watch with a spring-hinged circular metal cover that closes over the dial and crystal, protecting them from dust and scratches.


  • fortune hunter
  • headhunter
  • white hunter

Derived terms

  • demi-hunter
  • half-hunter
  • headhunter

Related terms

  • hunted
  • hunting


See also

  • hunter on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Middle English


From hunten +‎ -er.


  • IPA(key): /ˈhuntər/


hunter (plural hunters)

  1. hunter


  • English: hunter




From hunt +‎ -s- +‎ -man.



huntsman (plural huntsmen or huntsmans)

  1. A hunter.
  2. (Britain) A fox hunter.
  3. One who manages the hounds during a hunt.
  4. Any of the many species of large spiders of the family Sparassidae.
    • 2002, John Kinsella, The Wasps, in Divinations: Four Plays,
      to say trapdoors and huntsmans
    • 2012, Carrie Tiffany, Mateship with Birds, Pan Macmillan Australia, unnumbered page,
      Two huntsmen spiders prowl Harry′s bedroom ceiling.

Usage notes

The plural form huntsmans applies only in the sense of spider, although huntsmen is probably more common.


Further reading

  • Hunting on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Huntsman spider on Wikipedia.Wikipedia


  • manhunts

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