plural Roberdsmen
: one of a class of vagabond thieves and robbers in 14th century England

Word History


Middle English roberdesman, robertesman, probably from Robertes (genitive of the name Robert, probably considered an appropriate fictitious name for a robber because of the similarity in sound to Middle English robbere robber) + Middle English man

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“Roberdsman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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