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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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  • The highwayman was medium size and wore a dark overcoat and a light straw hat.
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.

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