Share this entry

Share this page

Robin Hood

Line breaks: Robin Hood

Definition of Robin Hood in English:

1A semi-legendary English medieval outlaw, reputed to have robbed the rich and helped the poor. Although he is generally associated with Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, it seems likely that the real Robin Hood operated in Yorkshire in the early 13th century.
1.1 (as noun a Robin Hood) A person considered to be taking from the wealthy and giving to the poor: a latter-day Robin Hood, he takes from the exchequers of the rich West to provide capital for the poor East
More example sentences
  • It was his notoriety as a particular kind of outlaw: a social bandit, a Robin Hood who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor.
  • He was a neighborhood institution, a Robin Hood who rolled in a caddy, doling out cash to the downtrodden while sticking it to the man.
  • Acting as a Robin Hood for a group of starving actors, he swipes the marked can and gives it to Maggie, whom he loves from afar.

Definition of Robin Hood in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day prepotent
Pronunciation: prɪˈpəʊt(ə)nt
adjective
greater than others in power or influence