muscleman

[ muhs-uhl-man ]

noun,plural mus·cle·men.
  1. Informal. a man with a muscular or brawny physique, especially a bodybuilder.

  2. Slang. a bodyguard, especially one hired to intimidate others, often by strong-arm methods.

Origin of muscleman

1
An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; muscle + man

Words Nearby muscleman

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British Dictionary definitions for muscleman

muscleman

/ (ˈmʌsəlˌmæn) /


nounplural -men
  1. a man with highly developed muscles

  2. a henchman employed by a gangster to intimidate or use violence upon victims

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