- a bandit, especially one of a band of robbers in mountain or forest regions.
Origin of brigand
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Examples from the Web for brigandish
But the cloak, is it not mysterious, brigandish—tragic, if you will?Romantic Spain
John Augustus O'Shea
The officer was wrapped in a heavy blanket or carriage lap-robe, spotted like a leopard skin, which gave him a brigandish air.Military Reminiscences of the Civil War V1
Jacob Dolson Cox
He is a brigandish and bearded person in a foraging cap, leaning forward to rest himself on his gun.Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man
Marie Conway Oemler
Add a beard of three days' growth, and brigandish mustachios, and you have our 'picters.'Alone
- a bandit or plunderer, esp a member of a gang operating in mountainous areas
Word Origin and History for brigandish
c.1400, "lightly armed foot soldier," from Old French brigand (14c.), from Italian brigante "trooper, skirmisher, foot soldier," from brigare (see brigade). Sense of "one who lives by pillaging" is from early 15c., reflecting the lack of distinction between professional mercenary armies and armed, organized criminals.