high·​way·​man ˈhī-ˌwā-mən How to pronounce highwayman (audio)
: a thief who robs travelers on a road

Examples of highwayman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When a highwayman makes the mistake of trying to stick her up, a tiny golden spark — Billy — flies into her nose. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Mar. 2024 Fielding plays Turpin, a highwayman based on an actual historical figure from the 18th century. Erik Kain, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 Noel Fielding and Hugh Bonneville lead a stellar ensemble cast boasting the cream of UK talent in the tongue-in-cheek reimaging of an iconic highwayman. Simon Thompson, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 How many other writers could convincingly depict a blind highwayman or cap that eerie encounter with a duel on bagpipes between Alan and a son of the famous Rob Roy? Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2021 Others are the result of bizarre last requests, like when a highwayman asked for his memoir to be bound in his own skin after his execution. Wired Staff, Wired, 29 Sep. 2020 Thieves of the Wood (Netflix) Charismatic highwayman Jan de Lichte leads the oppressed in a revolt against the corrupt aristocracy of 18th-century Flanders. Nina Zafar, Washington Post, 2 Jan. 2020 This later-season standout stars Cleese as a bumbling, flower-thieving highwayman who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 4 Oct. 2019 In the late 1950s, Zorro grew especially popular because of a Disney television series featuring handsome Guy Williams as the daredevil highwayman. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 10 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1617, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of highwayman was in 1617

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“Highwayman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highwayman. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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high·​way·​man -mən How to pronounce highwayman (audio)
: a person who robs travelers on a highway

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