noun, plural war·paths [wawr-path z, -pahth z, -paths, -pahths] /ˈwɔrˌpæðz, -ˌpɑðz, -ˌpæθs, -ˌpɑθs/.
Words nearby warpath
Idioms for warpath
- seeking, preparing for, or engaged in war or aggressive pursuit.
- in a state of anger or indignation; hostile.
British Dictionary definitions for on the warpath
- preparing to engage in battle
- informal in a state of anger
Culture definitions for on the warpath
From a Native American expression for war, to be “on the warpath” is to be exceedingly angry and to be inclined to take some hostile action: “Watch out! John is on the warpath today.”
Idioms and Phrases with on the warpath (1 of 2)
Furious and on a hostile course of action, as in When the meat wasn't delivered, the chef went on the warpath. This expression was an English translation of a Native American term that literally means “a path used by a war party.” Go on the war path thus meant “go to battle.” It was used in this way by James Fenimore Cooper in The Deerslayer (1841); its present hyperbolic use dates from the late 1800s.
Idioms and Phrases with on the warpath (2 of 2)
see on the warpath.