- a warship.
- Portuguese man-of-war.
Origin of man-of-war
Examples from the Web for man-of-war
The Americans exulted at the failure of the man-of-war's man, and the English doubted.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
It is, in short, the man-of-war that was in St. Blas when we left there.An Old Sailor's Yarns
Once, I remember, we came upon a man-of-war anchored off the coast.Heart of Darkness
Then all the guns were fakes, and the whole business of a man-of-war as well?The Harbor of Doubt
Carlos came to the side, and looked after the man-of-war in the distance.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
man o' war
- a warship
- See Portuguese man-of-war
Word Origin and History for man-of-war
late 14c., "a soldier," from man (n.) + war. Meaning "vessel equipped for warfare" is from late 15c. Man in the sense of "a ship" is attested from late 15c. in combinations (e.g. merchantman). The sea creature known as the Portuguese man-of-war (1707) is so called for its sail-like crest.