: a special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Examples of G-man in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cameron directed Arnold Schwarzenegger in this influential action pic about a family man who also happens to be a G-man. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 6 June 2024 As his name suggests, Agent Smith is nothing more than a monotone parody of FBI G-men. Manuel Betancourt, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2024 Enter G-man Bugas, known for tracking down bank robbers, kidnappers and mobsters in several states. Jack Kresnak, Detroit Free Press, 28 Jan. 2024 With his commanding voice and imposing presence, Reddick often portrayed authority figures: a G-man on Fringe, a power-hungry scientist on Resident Evil series, a gruff LAPD chief on Bosch, a corrosive CEO on Corporate. Ew Staff, EW.com, 16 Oct. 2023 Apart from his outward image as a wholesome and responsible G-man, however, there was another, less visible side to Mr. McGonigal, federal prosecutors and his former colleagues say. William K. Rashbaum, New York Times, 14 Aug. 2023 James Cagney played the lead G-man and the defection to the feds of America’s emblematic screen gangster marked a serious cultural turnabout. Thomas Doherty, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 July 2023

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Word History


probably from government man

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of G-man was in 1928

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“G-man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/G-man. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

probably a shortened form of government man

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