bashi-bazouk

[ bash-ee-buh-zook ]
/ ˌbæʃ i bəˈzuk /

noun

(formerly) one of a class of irregular mounted troops in the Turkish military service.

Nearby words

  1. bashan,
  2. bashaw,
  3. basher,
  4. bashful,
  5. bashfully,
  6. bashibazouk,
  7. bashing,
  8. bashkir,
  9. bashkir autonomous republic,
  10. bashkir republic

Origin of bashi-bazouk

First recorded in 1850–55, bashi-bazouk is from the Turkish word başι-bozuk civilian, irregular, orig., leaderless, not attached (to a regular military unit), literally, (one) whose head (is) broken

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British Dictionary definitions for bashibazouk

bashibazouk

/ (ˌbæʃɪbəˈzuːk) /

noun

(in the 19th century) one of a group of irregular Turkish soldiers notorious for their brutality

Word Origin for bashibazouk

C19: from Turkish başibozuk irregular soldier, from bas head + bozuk corrupt

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