headshrinker


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head·shrink·er

 (hĕd′shrĭng′kər)
n.
1. A headhunter who dries and shrinks the heads of enemies.
2. Slang A psychiatrist, especially a psychoanalyst.

headshrinker

(ˈhɛdˌʃrɪŋkə)
n
1. (Psychiatry) slang a psychoanalyst. Often shortened to: shrink
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) a head-hunter who shrinks the heads of his victims

shrink

(ʃrɪŋk)

v. shrank, often, shrunk; shrunk shrunk•en; shrink•ing; v.i.
1. to contract or lessen in size: cloth that shrinks if washed.
2. to become reduced in extent, compass, or value.
3. to draw back; recoil: to shrink from danger.
v.t.
4. to cause to shrink or contract; reduce.
n.
6. an act or instance of shrinking.
8. Slang. a psychotherapist, psychiatrist, or psychoanalyst.
[before 900; Middle English schrinken, Old English scrincan, c. Middle Dutch schrinken, Swedish skrynka to shrink]
shrink′er,

n.
syn: See decrease.
Translations

headshrinker

n. psiquiatra.
References in periodicals archive ?
The earliest example we have is from an article in Time in November 1950 to which an editor has helpfully added a footnote to say that headshrinker was Hollywood jargon for a psychiatrist.
If you can't trust your wife--who married you after all--you need serious headshrinker help.
Daniel Goleman, Harvard Business School's resident headshrinker, has written extensively on emotional and social intelligence--which in practical application is about being centered.