hit man


Definition of hit man

1 : a professional assassin who works for a crime syndicate

Examples of hit man in a Sentence

She hired a hit man to kill her ex-husband.
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, another murderer—a former hit man and pit bull breeder—has gotten out of prison and has his heart set on assassinating Isaiah, who put him behind bars. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: ‘Smoke’ Review," 26 Feb. 2021 Using his street smarts, Mundo would pretend to hire a hit man. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Former boxer marked for murder goes undercover to catch the person who wanted him dead," 5 Sep. 2020 In 2016, Fedison was a witness in the trial of Central City drug kingpin Telly Hankston and hit man Walter Porter. Michelle Hunter | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Man pleads not guilty to 3 counts of attempted first-degree murder on Harvey shooting," 19 Aug. 2020 Irvin Edge had been convicted of murder and solicitation to murder for hiring a hit man to kill his business partner in 1991 in Daviess County. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "How The Courier Journal won a Pulitzer Prize for digging into Matt Bevin's parting pardons," 9 May 2020 There was a harpist, a Mafia hit man and a cowboy named Theodore. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, "Fisher-Paulson: As Mother’s Day approaches, a new puppy brings a reason to celebrate," 5 May 2020 On the same network, in Barry, Bill Hader plays a hit man with a heart who, like Ferdinand the bull, would rather sit and smell the metaphorical flowers than kill people, but his internal wiring and past allegiances keep getting in the way. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "So Sad, Can’t Stop Laughing," 4 May 2020 May 7 Scissor Seven: Season 2 (Netflix Anime) The Chinese anime series for adults gets a new season featuring an assassin who's a hairdresser by day and freelance hit man by night. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Netflix in May 2020: Everything new ('Hollywood,' 'Dead to Me' Season 2) and expiring," 22 Apr. 2020 Inside the port is one of Manila’s most notorious slums, Market Three, which has a reputation in the capital as a lair for drug dealers and hit men willing to kill someone for $100. Aurora Almendral, New York Times, "In Slum at Epicenter of Duterte’s Drug Crackdown, Fear and Love Coexist," 2 Apr. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hit man.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of hit man

1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about hit man

Time Traveler for hit man

Time Traveler

The first known use of hit man was in 1963

See more words from the same year

Statistics for hit man

Last Updated

2 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Hit man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit%20man. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for hit man

hit man


English Language Learners Definition of hit man

: a person who is paid to kill someone

More from Merriam-Webster on hit man

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for hit man

Comments on hit man

What made you want to look up hit man? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Who Knew?

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!