Definitions

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  • n. A psychiatrist or psychotherapist; a shrink.
  • n. Literally, one who shrinks heads, as previously done by some Amazon tribes.

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

  • n. a physician who specializes in psychiatry
  • n. a savage who cuts off and preserves the heads of enemies as trophies

Etymologies

Presumably, patients and clients feel as though their heads are being shrunk. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • One of the white coats accompanied me around a turning hallway: I knew we were on the way to a head-shrinker—the Army psychiatrist. . .

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Which makes us wonder: Who's going to the head-shrinker... and why?

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  • Captain Singh's expression would be one to behold-following which, Dick would probably find himself stunned unconscious and wake under the solicitous attentions of a concerned head-shrinker!

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  • "I'll get you an appointment with the colony head-shrinker for those guilt complexes," he said.

    Decision at Doona

  • They're probably torturing the poor thing, Grego and that sadistic quack head-shrinker.

    The Fuzzy Papers

  • I know this idiot girl who keeps telling me I ought to go to a head-shrinker; she says I have a father complex.

    Breakfast At Tiffany's

  • I find it perplexing when someone has a child with someone who turns out to be a, let's just say, less than stellar model of fatherhood or mate and then continues to procreate without getting a serious head-shrinker autopsy of what went wrong the first time.

    Ask And Ye Shall Receive

  • Now Dr. Mike's fancy head-shrinker salary will pay for Lonnie's spiffy coffin, and pay to clean the gin sweats out of his sheets besides.

    The Comics Curmudgeon

  • Mother Funk insists her son enter therapy with a woman head-shrinker, which leads to AA meetings and the pretty new associate at the office (Rachael Leigh Cook) telling Bob, "The truth is the only thing you never have to be ashamed of."

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