Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[ban-dit] /ˈbæn dɪt/
noun, plural bandits or (Rare) banditti
[ban-dit-ee] /bænˈdɪt i/ (Show IPA)
a robber, especially a member of a gang or marauding band.
an outlaw or highwayman.
  1. a person who takes unfair advantage of others, as a merchant who overcharges; swindler; cheat.
  2. a vendor, cab driver, etc., who operates a business or works without a required license or permit, and without observing the usual rules or practices.
Military Informal. an enemy aircraft, especially an attacking fighter.
make out like a bandit, Slang. to be extremely successful; profit greatly:
The early investors in the company have made out like bandits.
Origin of bandit
1585-95; earlier bandetto, plural banditti < Italian banditi outlaws, plural of bandito proscribed, past participle of bandire banish, exile, announce publicly < Gothic bandwjan to make a sign, indicate (cf. band1) with v. suffix -ire < Latin -īre
1, 2. brigand, desperado. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for bandit
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The bandit looked down in utter disgust at the cringing form.

    The Bad Man Charles Hanson Towne
  • “It is true; the price of blood is yours,” said Fabian to the bandit.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • But here you are, a bandit and an outlaw without being bad or tough—I don't think you are, anyway.

    The Lookout Man B. M. Bower
  • Sentiments not such as might have been expected from the lips of a bandit!

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • He said he thought we should not find the bandit business a paying industry, as a permanency, and that journalism might be.

British Dictionary definitions for bandit


noun (pl) -dits, -ditti (-ˈdɪtɪ)
a robber, esp a member of an armed gang; brigand
Derived Forms
banditry, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Italian bandito, literally: banished man, from bandire to proscribe, from bando edict, ban1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for bandit

1590s, from Italian bandito (plural banditi) "outlaw," past participle of bandire "proscribe, banish," from Vulgar Latin *bannire "to proclaim, proscribe," from Proto-Germanic *bann (see ban (v.)). *Bannire (or its Frankish cognate *bannjan) in Old French became banir-, which, with lengthened stem, became English banish.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for bandit



  1. An enemy aircraft (WWII)
  2. An aggressive homosexual who often resorts to violence (1970s+ Prison)

Related Terms

like a bandit, make out like a bandit, one-arm bandit

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for bandit

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for bandit

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for bandit