[trig-er-muh n, -man]

noun, plural trig·ger·men [trig-er-muh n, -men] /ˈtrɪg ər mən, -ˌmɛn/. Informal.

a gangster who specializes in gunning people down.
a bodyguard, especially of a gangster.

Origin of triggerman

First recorded in 1920–25; trigger + man1
Also called trigger. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for trigger man


noun plural -men

a person, esp a criminal, who shoots another person
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