- man; fellow; guy: That sheriff is a mean hombre.
Origin of hombre2
1830–40; < Spanish, by dissimilation and intrusion of b < Vulgar Latin *omne, for Latin hominem, accusative of homō man, Homo
- a card game popular in the 17th and 18th centuries and played, usually by three persons, with 40 cards.
- the player undertaking to win the pool in this game.
Also especially British, om·bre.
Origin of omber
1650–60; < French (h)ombre < Spanish hombre literally, man < Latin hominem, accusative of homō man. See Homo
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Examples from the Web for hombre
I was always a fan of realism in Westerns, and Hombre had a gritty, realistic feel to it.The Elmore Leonard Interview
April 9, 2012
"There's only one form of persuasion to use with an hombre," commented Henderson, gently.
They've just brought an hombre with a crushed leg into the hospital.
The hombre who had been driving the mule had gone for ropes.
Cold as it is, a little fightin' would warm an hombre up some.Ride Proud, Rebel!
Andre Alice Norton
I don't cotton to Keith myse'f, because he ain't my kind of a hombre.Rimrock Trail
J. Allan Dunn
- Western US a slang word for man
C19: from Spanish: man
- a variant of ombre
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Word Origin and History for hombre
"a man" (especially one of Spanish descent), 1846, from Spanish, from Latin hominem, accusative of homo "man" (see homunculus).
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