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[wawr-lahyk] /ˈwɔrˌlaɪk/
fit, qualified, or ready for war; martial:
a warlike fleet; warlike tribes.
threatening or indicating war:
a warlike tone.
of or relating to war:
a warlike expedition.
Origin of warlike
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at war1, -like
Related forms
unwarlike, adjective
2. bellicose, belligerent, hostile; inimical, unfriendly.
2. peaceful. Unabridged
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  • He was so far away now that no warlike sound could reach him.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • The Yorubas are a warlike Mohammedan tribe living in and around Lagos.

  • Decidedly, his misfortunes are developing a warlike spirit within him.

    A Hero of Our Time M. Y. Lermontov
  • Hast thou heard what Cadreith sang, The son of Porthawr, with the warlike speech?

    Y Gododin Aneurin
  • Simple souls are troubled with a warlike desire for evidence of immortality.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • Was it because I wanted to “follow to the field some warlike lord?”

    Adventures and Recollections Bill o'th' Hoylus End
  • The Pequots were by far the most powerful and warlike among them.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
  • As I live, she is a kinswoman that such a warlike prince might well be proud of.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for warlike


of, relating to, or used in war
hostile or belligerent
fit or ready for war
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for warlike

early 15c., from war (n.) + -like.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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