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buccaneer definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation [syn: pirate, buccaneer, sea robber, sea rover] v
1: live like a buccaneer

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: French boucanier woodsman, pirate (in the 17th century West Indies), from boucaner to smoke meat, from boucan wooden frame for smoking meat, from Tupi moka?e, mboka?e, from mo-, mbo- causative marker + ka?? to be roasted, dried Date: 1686 1. any of the freebooters preying on Spanish ships and settlements especially in 17th century West Indies; broadly pirate 2. an unscrupulous adventurer especially in politics or business buccaneer intransitive verb buccaneerish adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a pirate, orig. off the Spanish-American coasts. 2 an unscrupulous adventurer. --v.intr. be a buccaneer. Derivatives: buccaneering n. & adj. buccaneerish adj. Etymology: F boucanier f. boucaner cure meat on a barbecue f. boucan f. Tupi mukem

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Buccaneer Buc`ca*neer", n. [F. boucanier, fr. boucaner to smoke or broil meat and fish, to hunt wild beasts for their skins, boucan a smoking place for meat or fish, gridiron for smoking: a word of American origin.] A robber upon the sea; a pirate; -- a term applied especially to the piratical adventurers who made depredations on the Spaniards in America in the 17th and 18th centuries. [Written also bucanier.] Note: Primarily, one who dries and smokes flesh or fish after the manner of the Indians. The name was first given to the French settlers in Hayti or Hispaniola, whose business was to hunt wild cattle and swine.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Buccaneer Buc`ca*neer", v. i. To act the part of a buccaneer; to live as a piratical adventurer or sea robber.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(buccaneers) 1. A buccaneer was a pirate, especially one who attacked and stole from Spanish ships in the 17th and 18th centuries. N-COUNT 2. If you describe someone as a buccaneer, you mean that they are clever and successful, especially in business, but you do not completely trust them. (BRIT) N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Pirate, corsair, sea-rover, sea-robber, freebooter, picaroon.

Moby Thesaurus

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