Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably

road agent

(formerly) a highwayman, especially along stagecoach routes in the western U.S.
Origin of road agent
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for road-agent
Historical Examples
  • I had taken for granted that we were hunting suspects of the road-agent persuasion.

  • She was riding away with a freebooter, a road-agent, to be held for ransom.

    The Border Legion Zane Grey
  • It has no past; no gentleman of the road ever robbed its passengers; no road-agent nowadays would think of ‘holding it up.’

    Vistas of New York Brander Matthews
  • In other words, you're an outlaw; a soft-spoken, lazy, good-for-nothin' road-agent.

    Golden Stories Various
  • It was an article of faith with him never to argue with a road-agent.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • If you're right this road-agent, after he killed his pals, would hev rid back right through town.

  • To be held up thus in road-agent fashion, without a single means of redress!

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • Leaning over she took the weapons of the road-agent from his belt, and told him to move on ahead.

  • And it was at these the road-agent gazed, a savage gleam in his piercing black eyes.

British Dictionary definitions for road-agent

road agent

(US) (formerly) a bandit who robbed stagecoaches; highwayman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for road agent

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for road

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for road-agent