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[puh-lees-muh n] /pəˈlis mən/
noun, plural policemen.
a member of a police force or body.
Ice Hockey. enforcer (def 4).
Origin of policeman
1795-1805; police + -man
Related forms
policemanlike, adjective
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for policeman
  • Having provoked the clash, she fled in a motorcade that ran over and killed a policeman and a protester, according to the police.
  • He starts shaking my hand, and the other policeman does as well.
  • Than a human policeman might investigate the situation.
  • The policeman was bewildered, and stared at him open-eyed.
  • They were all on me at once, and the policeman took me in the rear.
  • Once hardly thought worthy of a day laborer's hire, she ranks to-day with a policeman in pay and privilege.
  • He was woken in his dorm room by a policeman who arrested him.
  • The friend shot and killed an off-duty policeman while trying to escape, then killed himself.
  • He was wearing a blonde wig and a captain's or policeman's hat and coat.
  • The argument is settled by a policeman who takes them to the station house.
British Dictionary definitions for policeman


noun (pl) -men, -women
a member of a police force, esp one holding the rank of constable Gender-neutral form police officer
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Word Origin and History for policeman

1790, from police (n.) + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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policeman in Medicine

policeman po·lice·man (pə-lēs'mən)
An instrument, usually a rubber-tipped rod, for removing solid particles from a glass container.

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Slang definitions & phrases for policeman



enforcer: You had to bring in somebody who was as tough, or brutal, as they were. The kind of terminology for this role in hockey was ''policeman'' (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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