One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A man, typically on horseback, who held up travelers at gunpoint in order to rob them.
bandit, brigand, robber, outlaw, ruffian, desperado, plunderer, marauder, raider, ravager, pillager, freebooter, criminal, thug, gangsterView synonyms
- ‘Eighteenth century playwrights and novelists often made their hero a criminal, a highwayman or confidence trickster.’
- ‘Although known as a highwayman and a robber, he was sentenced to death for horse stealing, and hanged on April 19, 1739.’
- ‘The two had met on the road a few months before, and shared some adventures involving various bands of brigands and highwaymen.’
- ‘At first glance, the highwaymen and payroll robbers of early twentieth-century Chicago seem cool, deliberate, and calculated.’
- ‘This was a reference to the place's reputation in the past as a dangerous spot for highwaymen and brigands.’
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