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 mutinously

Historical Examples of mutinously

  • This was mutinously imperious, and yet he did not quite know how to convince her of her mutiny.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope

  • Edward moaned, not mutinously, you understand, but expressively.

  • And Nichette, mutinously obedient, ran away, leaving Persis shivering indeed with a chill.

  • When the nurse came in with the belated ammonia, she found K. making an arbitrary ruling, and Sidney looking up at him mutinously.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • She stood clasping the back of the chair from which she had freed her dress, and looked across it mutinously at Peter.

    The Lovely Lady

    Mary Austin

British Dictionary definitions for mutinously



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



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

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