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[hahy-wey-muh n] /ˈhaɪˌweɪ mən/
noun, plural highwaymen.
(formerly) a holdup man, especially one on horseback, who robbed travelers along a public road.
Origin of highwayman
First recorded in 1640-50; highway + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for highwayman
Historical Examples
  • One asked, "Whether she was to be indicted for a highwayman?"

    Joseph Andrews Vol. 1 Henry Fielding
  • Did you ever play you were a highwayman, or an elephant, or anything of that sort?

    The Very Small Person Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • A highwayman was its hero and its scene the great North Road in England.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It is like giving of free will to the highwayman the purse he expected to have a fight for.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • And do you concur in the silly notion that confounds Harry Talbot with a highwayman?

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • With a loud shout I drew my pistol and rode like a demon at the highwayman.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • The highwayman sat before me on the ground, ruefully handling his skull.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • "And you would be a highwayman, would you, gallows-bird—" began the Countess.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • "Master," interrupted the highwayman with sudden resolution.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • The highwayman passed his victim and threw open the bonnet of the Wolseley.

    Danger! and Other Stories Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for highwayman


noun (pl) -men
(formerly) a robber, usually on horseback, who held up travellers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for highwayman

"one who travels the highways with intent to rob people" (often on horseback and thus contrasted to a footpad), 1640s, from highway + man.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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