1. a watchman, a constable.
|Amusements Serious and Comical in Works (1744) III 22: The man-eaters, that stood not far off, seeking whom they might devour [...] I have been too lately in their clutches to desire any more dealings with them.|
2. (Anglo-Ind.) a horse that tends to bite people.
|Sporting Mag. Nov. 31 : The larger horses from Hindoostan [...] are leggy, under-limbed, and, as far as vice goes, regular man-eaters .|
|Score by Innings (2004) 320: They ain’t none of ’em what you might call man-eaters, but they’re feerocious enough for New Jersey.‘Chivalry in Carbon County’ in|
3. a sexually predatory woman.
|Dead Bird (Sydney) 27 Sept. 6/3: A dandy crowd of genuine sports, [...] mashers and man-eaters rubbing shoulders in all directions.|
|Fact’ry ’Ands 136: To Spats’ Beauties she was always Porline or The Man-Eater.|
|Awfully Big Adventure 38: I’m not going to face those man-eaters alone.‘The Wooing of Mouldy Jakes’ in|
|You Can’t Win (2000) 54: Wha do you think she did, kid — the big man-eater!|
|Gaily, Gaily 92: I’ve always wanted to love one of those creamy-skinned man-eaters.|
|Last Bus to Woodstock 179: Mary indeed! Dumpy, freckled, little man-eater!|
|(con. 1940s) Hold Tight (1990) 187: You afraid bad man-eating Lena’s gonna throw herself at you.|
|Guardian G2 22 July 11: As if Lulu was an aggressive man-eater.|
|I, Fatty 52: Lilly-Bell, a big blond [sic] maneater.|
4. a swindler.
|Dict. Amer. Sl. 46: shark. an expert; also a gouger, man-eater, as in loan-shark.|
5. a tough overseer, employer, etc.
|Autobiog. of a Thief 201: The chief officer [...] was a ‘man-eater,’ they said, and hated stowaways.|
|Bully Hayes 59: It took a hell of a man-eater to tackle Bully Hayes.|
6. a homosexual man; a fellator.
|Queens’ Vernacular 52: fellator [...] maneater.|
|Maledicta III:2 231: A sod or a bugger need not be a pedicator any more than a cocksucker in America need be a maneater, a head artist, a flute-player or a fellator.|
|Gay (S)language 27: Maneater—gay who performs fellatio often and/or well.|
1. devoted to fellatio.
|Thanatos 176: You’re a come-drunk, man-eating fairy!|
2. of a woman, seen as aggressively disliking males.
|Pulp Ink 2 [ebook] He turned on the charm. Totally wasted on the man-eating bitch.‘Thicker Than Water’ in C. Rhatigan and N. Bird (eds)|