from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A man who holds up and robs travelers on a road.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person usually mounted on horseback who robbed travelers on public roads.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who robs on the public road; a highway robber.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A robber on the highway; one who robs passengers in public roads or places.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a holdup man who stops a vehicle and steals from it
The highwayman is the inspiration for my victims in my newest book.
Captain, as they called the highwayman, good luck.
Her chair had been stopped by a highway-man: the great oaf of a servant-man had fallen down on his knees armed as he was; and though there were thirty people in the next field working when the ruffian attacked her, not one of them would help her; but, on the contrary, wished the Captain, as they called the highwayman, good luck.
Goethe obtained a copy of the biography of a noble highwayman from the Peasants’ War.
Give me a highwayman and I was full to the brim; a Jacobite would do, but the highwayman was my favourite dish.
The word highwayman is first attested from the year 1017. [
But in our neighborhood a highwayman was a myth, -- we had hardly ever even heard of one; and so, after no end of misgivings lest one or another lion in the way should after all compel the relinquishment of the excursion, literally at the eleventh hour they were fairly on their way.
There was the whole town of Ohadi to testify that the highwayman was a big man, of the build of Harry, and that he spoke with a Cornish accent.
A dozen or more were cut off in this way, and soon it came to be whispered about that Marot the highwayman was the man that did it, and the chase became hot at his heels. '
-- happy scene, where the sheep-stealer is metamorphosed into the shepherd; the highwayman is the guardian of the road; the dandy is delicate no more, and earns his daily bread; and the Court of Chancery is unknown -- hail to thee, soil of larceny and love! of pickpockets and principle! of every fraud under heaven, and primeval virtue! daughter of jails, and mother of empires!