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[hahy-wey-muh n] /ˈhaɪˌweɪ mən/
noun, plural highwaymen.
(formerly) a holdup man, especially one on horseback, who robbed travelers along a public road.
Origin of highwayman
1640-50; highway + -man Unabridged
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  • There was no highwayman, no menacing apparition of any sort, but the fear of some ghostly ravager had been real enough.

    Every Man for Himself Norman Duncan
  • Did you ever play you were a highwayman, or an elephant, or anything of that sort?

    The Very Small Person Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • Hannah's mind was a blank as to Pope and Gay and she was more interested in the encounter with the highwayman.

    Madame Flirt Charles E. Pearce
  • A highwayman was its hero and its scene the great North Road in England.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • A riding-cloak, the relic apparently of a highwayman, hangs behind the door.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • And do you concur in the silly notion that confounds Harry Talbot with a highwayman?

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • That he was a "highwayman of the seas," a buccaneer and pirate, guilty of blood for gold, there can be no doubt.

  • The highwayman sat before me on the ground, ruefully handling his skull.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • Why should she, a great lady, take any trouble for a poor devil who was living at an inn on money borrowed from a highwayman.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • The highwayman passed his victim and threw open the bonnet of the Wolseley.

    Danger! and Other Stories Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for highwayman


noun (pl) -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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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