law·​man | \ˈlȯ-mən \

Definition of lawman 

: a law-enforcement officer (such as a sheriff or marshal)

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Synonyms for lawman


bobby [British], bull [slang], constable [chiefly British], cop, copper, flatfoot [slang], fuzz, gendarme, officer, police officer, policeman, shamus [slang]

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Examples of lawman in a Sentence

Wyatt Earp was a famous American lawman of the Wild West. as the rural county's chief lawman, the sheriff has to patrol a vast area with only minimal manpower

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Two lawmen from Alabama are among 380 sheriffs in 40 states calling on Congress to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Ashley Remkus,, "2 Alabama sheriffs among those calling on Congress to build Trump's border wall," 29 Mar. 2018 Gunther is now working undercover as an insurance investigator while helping a local lawman on a homicide case. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "Solving Crimes the Old-Fashioned Way," 13 Apr. 2018 The first was in the 800 block of Cherokee Avenue in Tuscaloosa where lawmen seized one pound of synthetic marijuana - also known as Spice - from Gunter. Carol Robinson,, "Drug trafficking suspect now indicted on child sex charges," 26 Apr. 2018 In the acclaimed original, Emily Blunt plays a federal agent recruited to join a unit battling the drug war at the border, with a boss (Josh Brolin) fond of bending the rules and a lawman from Mexico (Benicio Del Toro) who sets those rules. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Sicario: Day of the Soldado'," 28 June 2018 Eight-four years ago, on May 23, 1934, their murderous string of robberies and kidnappings ended in a hail of gunfire, delivered by Louisiana and Texas lawmen in Bienville Parish. Melinda Morris,, "84 years ago May 23, Bonnie and Clyde met their doom, in Louisiana," 23 May 2018 He was taken into custody earlier this week when he and his son were found by lawmen in Mississippi. Carol Robinson,, "Father charged in abduction of 5-year-old Sylacauga boy from bus stop," 26 Apr. 2018 There, a mob of 150 armed and unmasked men stormed the train, shoved the lawmen aside and took James off. Joe Heim, Washington Post, "Sacred ground, now reclaimed: A Charlottesville story," 7 July 2018 Mikus Leron Peoples died Tuesday night, according to court papers and lawmen. Ashley Remkus,, "21-year-old shooting victim dies; teen brother charged with murder," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of lawman

1944, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of lawman

: someone (such as a sheriff or marshal) whose job is to make sure that people obey the law

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