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[hed-shring-ker] /ˈhɛdˌʃrɪŋ kər/
noun, Slang.
shrink (def 9).
Origin of headshrinker
1945-50, Americanism; head + shrink + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for headshrinker
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  • If he could get to a doctor, a headshrinker, it might all be ironed out.

    The Sex Life of the Gods Michael Knerr
  • You're a headshrinker, Jack—why do so many minds cling to unreason with such a sullen fury?

  • Seems the brass are holding you for observation until some headshrinker gets in from HQ.

    Next Door, Next World Robert Donald Locke
  • Then, he'd meekly surrender and quietly go crazy in his cell, until the headshrinker came and confirmed it for real.

    Next Door, Next World Robert Donald Locke
British Dictionary definitions for headshrinker


(slang) a psychoanalyst Often shortened to shrink
a head-hunter who shrinks the heads of his victims
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for headshrinker



Any psychotherapist, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, etc; shrink: with a good deal more understanding than any clergyman or headshrinker/ You lousy smug headpeeper (1950+ Medical)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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