[ hahy-wey-muh n ]
/ ˈhaɪˌweɪ mən /

noun, plural high·way·men.

(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
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British Dictionary definitions for highwayman


/ (ˈhaɪˌweɪmən) /

noun plural -men

(formerly) a robber, usually on horseback, who held up travellers
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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.

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