disposed to, engaged in, or involving revolt against authority.
characterized by mutiny; rebellious.
difficult to control: mutinous feelings.

Origin of mutinous

1570–80; obsolete mutine mutiny (< Middle French mutin; see mutineer) + -ous
Related formsmu·ti·nous·ly, adverbmu·ti·nous·ness, nounnon·mu·ti·nous, adjectivenon·mu·ti·nous·ly, adverbnon·mu·ti·nous·ness, nounun·mu·ti·nous, adjectiveun·mu·ti·nous·ly, adverbun·mu·ti·nous·ness, noun

Synonyms for mutinous

Antonyms for mutinous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mutinous

Contemporary Examples of mutinous

Historical Examples of mutinous

  • It would strangle this mutinous Paris in the iron grip of the foreign regiments.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • The pay of the troops was long in arrear, and they were all mutinous and discontented.

    The Reign of Mary Tudor

    W. Llewelyn Williams.

  • There was no sea officer who could enforce orders; the men were mutinous.

    The Grateful Indian

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • There are many specifics for bringing slumber to mutinous eyelids.

  • Marjorie saw the sullen, mutinous face through a mist of tears.

    Marjorie Dean

    Pauline Lester

British Dictionary definitions for mutinous



openly rebellious or disobedienta mutinous child
characteristic or indicative of mutiny
Derived Formsmutinously, adverbmutinousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mutinous

1570s, from mutine (see mutiny) + -ous. Related: Mutinously; mutinousness.

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