from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A killer of men; a manslayer; executioner.
  • n. A murderer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A killer of men; a manslayer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mankiller; a manslayer; an executioner.


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


  • 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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