rapparee
noun Etymology: Irish rapaire, ropaire, literally, thruster, stabber, from rop thrust, stab Date: 1690 1. an Irish irregular soldier or bandit 2. vagabond, plunderer

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  • Rapparee — Rap pa*ree ( p[.a]*r[=e] ), n. A wild Irish plunderer, esp. one of the 17th century; so called from his carrying a half pike, called a rapary. [Written also {raparee}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rapparee — (n.) Irish freebooter, 1680s, originally pikeman, from Ir. rapairidhe, plural of rapaire half pike. Kind of soldier prominent in the war of 1688 92 …   Etymology dictionary

  • rapparee — [rap΄ə rē′] n. [Ir rapaire, orig., pikeman < rapaire, short pike] 1. Historical an Irish freebooting soldier 2. a plunderer or robber …   English World dictionary

  • Rapparee — Rapparees (from the Irish, ropairí , plural of ropaire , actually meaning half pike or a pike wielding person) were Irish guerrilla fighters who operated on the Jacobite side during the 1690s Williamite war in Ireland. Subsequently the name was… …   Wikipedia

  • Rapparee — Les Rapparees étaient des soldats irlandais de guérilla qui opéraient sur le côté jacobiste durant la Conquête cromwellienne de l Irlande, au milieu du XVIIe siècle, et pendant la Guerre de William en Irlande des années 1690. Cette dernière… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • rapparee — /rap euh ree /, n. 1. an armed Irish freebooter or plunderer, esp. of the 17th century. 2. any freebooter or robber. [1680 90; < Ir rapaire] * * * ▪ Irish nationalist       any of the dispossessed native Irish who employed guerrilla methods to… …   Universalium

  • rapparee — noun a bandit, brigand …   Wiktionary

  • rapparee — n. armed Irish freebooter during the 17th century; bandit, plunderer, freebooter, robber …   English contemporary dictionary

  • rapparee — [ˌrapə ri:] noun archaic an Irish bandit or irregular soldier. Origin C17: from Ir. rapaire short pike …   English new terms dictionary

  • rapparee — rap·pa·ree …   English syllables

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