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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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 The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday picked Christopher G. Caldwell to argue in support of the ruling that dismissed the lawman’s case but refused to expunge his record. Jacques Billeaud, The Seattle Times, "Court picks prosecutor to defend ruling on Arpaio’s pardon," 16 Oct. 2018 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

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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

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

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