Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A mankiller; a manslayer; an executioner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A killer of men; a manslayer.

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  • noun obsolete A killer of men; a manslayer; executioner.
  • noun obsolete A murderer.

Etymologies

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From Middle English manquellere, from Old English mancwellere ("a manslayer, executioner"), equivalent to man +‎ queller.

Examples

  • So it happened that they found this holy man, and they bound him as though he had been a thief or a manqueller, and brought him before the judge, and with a fell and spiteful mood the judge said to him: Thou rude and unbelieving man, wherefore cost thou with thy devilish works convert all the people from their belief to thy belief, and to thy God?

    The Golden Legend, vol. 7

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  • (noun) - A murderer, a killer of men; from man, and Saxon cwellan, to kill. More anciently it meant an executioner. Dame Quickly in Shakespeare's 2 Henry IV adds woman-queller, which shows that she understood the first word: "Thou art a honyseed, a man-queller, and a woman-queller." --Robert Nares' Glossary of the Works of English Authors, 1859

    April 23, 2018