[ hahy-wey-muhn ]
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noun,plural high·way·men.
  1. (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

Words Nearby highwayman

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How to use highwayman in a sentence

  • A beau highwayman and a miserable chimney sweeper were to be hanged together at Newgate for their respective deserts.

  • Upon my word, I saw her making eyes at your highwayman the night we had him here.

    The Highgrader | William MacLeod Raine
  • If you must be married, could you introduce no body into our Family but a highwayman?

  • A captivating romance of love and chivalry—the adventures of a charming highwayman of the days of the English Pretender.

    The Princess Dehra | John Reed Scott
  • Receiving no reply, he proceeded to extricate Eleanor, with whose beauty the inflammable highwayman was instantly smitten.

    Rookwood | William Harrison Ainsworth

British Dictionary definitions for highwayman


/ (ˈhaɪˌweɪmən) /

nounplural -men
  1. (formerly) a robber, usually on horseback, who held up travellers

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