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Date: 1900-2000
Origin: head-shrinker 'psychiatrist' (1900-2000)

shrink

2 noun
     
shrink2 [countable] informal
a psychoanalyst or psychiatrist -- used humorously
WORD FOCUS: doctor WORD FOCUS: doctor
similar words: physician especially AmE, GP British English, consultant, registrar

a doctor who does operations: surgeon

a doctor who treats mental illnesses: psychiatrist, psychotherapist, shrink informal

a doctor who treats people's teeth: dentist, orthodontist

a doctor who treats animals: vet, veterinarian especially AmE

someone who is training to be a doctor: medical student, intern American English

the place where you go to see your doctor: surgery British English, office American English


See also
doctor

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