from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A man who is physically powerful, especially one with well-developed muscles.
  • n. Informal A strong man hired as a bodyguard or thug.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bodyguard.
  • n. A man with developed muscles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a bully employed by a gangster.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bully employed as a thug or bodyguard
  • n. someone who does special exercises to develop a brawny musculature


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  • This muscleman is flanked by two tiny bouncy Chihuahuas.


  • The peoples have defied their prison guards and raised their voices loudly against the capitulation projects and accelerating steps towards turning Israel into a friend who can be counted on to play the role of the policeman or the "muscleman" against the new enemy Iran.

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  • But neither Francis Bacon nor Lucian Freud nor Damien Hirst has shaped modern art as Hamilton did when he put a lolly with the word POP on it in the hand of a muscleman in his 1956 collage, Just What is it that Makes Today's Homes So Different, So Appealing?

    Richard Hamilton, the original pop artist, dies at 89

  • He's not tall, but he's stocky, though you wouldn't call him a muscleman.

    A Toast to a Real Strongman

  • He was doing a muscleman pose with his shirt off, which was hilarious, because Daddy was almost as skinny as Kit.

    Slice Of Cherry

  • It's like the wedding scene of "The Godfather," Part I, where Michael Corleone recalled his father (Vito Corleone) doing business through his muscleman, Lou Cabrachi: "Either your signature on this contract, or your brains on this contract."

    Terry Krepel: The 2010 Slantie Awards

  • Abramoff left CFA after being accused of mismanaging funds and found an appropriately related field as President of Regency Entertainment, where he produced the anti-Communist action film Red Scorpion with muscleman-turned-actor Dolph Lundgren.

    Brad Schreiber: Alex Gibney, Jack Abramoff and the Corruption of US Politics

  • In the newspaper's feature on muscleman Edwards, published Monday, Times photographer Mel Melcon has produced a hysterical slideshow, narrated by Edwards himself.

    Story pick: Speedo Man on Venice boardwalk

  • In the New York Lifestyle Times, bits of political analysis are sometimes dropped into the stories about new products, and the nightly news is delivered by a naked muscleman being sodomized.

    Gary Shteyngart's "Super Sad True Love Story," reviewed by Ron Charles

  • DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Kenneth Faried flexed his arms in a muscleman pose after Morehead State's first NCAA tournament victory in 25 years.


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