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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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Historical Examples
  • This seemed precisely the arrangement which the rapparee and his men had contemplated.

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

    Willy Reilly William Carleton
  • It soon became evident that the rapparee and his party had taken the alarm.

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

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

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

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

    Willy Reilly William Carleton
  • The rapparee is to get a pardon from government, at least he is promised it by Sir Robert, if he turns against you.

    Willy Reilly William Carleton
  • The spirit of the rapparee is still abroad—though we fear there is little of the Tory left about it.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • The English complained that it was no easy matter to catch a rapparee.

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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