law·​man | \ ˈlȯ-mən How to pronounce lawman (audio) \

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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The motorcycle officer, who was not identified, was attempting to reenter traffic when a white Chevrolet Camaro traveling at a high rate of speed sideswiped the lawman, Garrow said. Hannah Fry,, "CHP motorcycle officer injured in crash with suspected DUI driver in El Cajon," 28 June 2019 They were known to lawmen and had been seen driving around in the area at the time Tim was shot and killed, Evans said. Carol Robinson |,, "Wilcox County motorcyclist killed in random shooting, sheriff says; 2 teens in custody," 25 June 2019 Along with the outlaws and lawmen, women, civilians and a tuba player are blown away or trampled by horses. J.b., The Economist, "Why “The Wild Bunch” ranks among the most influential Westerns," 18 June 2019 Officers from across the city descended upon the scene, including lawmen from other agencies. Carol Robinson,, "Officer, civilian shot when gunfire erupts outside Birmingham nightclub," 13 Jan. 2018 The three lawmen who’d wedged in through the door opened fire — the Olathe sergeant, a county deputy and another Olathe officer. Joe Robertson, kansascity, "SWAT told Olathe police not to go in, body cams show. They did anyway and killed a woman | The Kansas City Star," 5 May 2018 Hale said area lawmen are committed to stopping the culture of violence in its tracks now, and for the long term. Carol Robinson,, "Task force takes aim at homicides, violent crime in Birmingham metro area," 13 Apr. 2018 The focus will be on the two lawmen — Texas Ranger Frank Hammer and his ex-partner Maney Gault — in their pursuit of the notorious lovers/armed robbers and their gang. Lee Williams, star-telegram, "How a Netflix movie is giving new life to an old Texas bridge," 19 Feb. 2018 While many familiar tropes are present, including murder, mayhem, a tough lawman and a tentative posse, Thornton uses them to tell a 20th century outback story and offer sharp, pointed commentary on relations between whites and indigenous peoples. Kenneth Turan,, "Australian western 'Sweet Country' spotlights race relations in the outback," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lawman

1944, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lawman was in 1944

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English Language Learners Definition of lawman

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

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