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[rap-uh-ree] /ˌræp əˈri/
an armed Irish freebooter or plunderer, especially of the 17th century.
any freebooter or robber.
Origin of rapparee
First recorded in 1680-90, rapparee is from the Irish word rapaire Unabridged
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  • The spirit of the rapparee is still abroad—though we fear there is little of the Tory left about it.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • This seemed precisely the arrangement which the rapparee and his men had contemplated.

    Willy Reilly William Carleton
  • In the meantime the sheriff had recognized the rapparee, by a single glance, as the man that had robbed him.

    Willy Reilly William Carleton
  • "Well, now, suppose I should make the trial," said the rapparee.

    Willy Reilly William Carleton
  • The reader will please not confound the terms "tory" and "rapparee."

  • It soon became evident that the rapparee and his party had taken the alarm.

    Willy Reilly William Carleton
  • The English complained that it was no easy matter to catch a rapparee.

  • "Don't let the sight of me frighten you, sir," said the rapparee.

    Willy Reilly William Carleton
  • "Here it is," replied the rapparee, pulling out a rag in which were the precise number of guineas mentioned.

    Willy Reilly William Carleton
  • She then looked cautiously about her, and added, "Fergus, the rapparee!"

    Willy Reilly William Carleton
British Dictionary definitions for rapparee


an Irish irregular soldier of the late 17th century
(obsolete) any plunderer or robber
Word Origin
C17: from Irish rapairidhe pike, probably from English rapier
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Word Origin and History for rapparee

"Irish freebooter," 1680s, originally "pikeman," from Irish rapairidhe, plural of rapaire "half-pike." Kind of soldier prominent in the war of 1688-92.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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