verb (used with object), pi·rat·ed, pi·rat·ing.
verb (used without object), pi·rat·ed, pi·rat·ing.
- piranesi, giovanni battista,
- pirate coast,
- pirate perch,
- pirates of penzance,
Origin of pirate
Examples from the Web for pirate
Spam, squirt guns, earthworms, pirate costumes—stuff like that.
His acceptance speech was a reflection of his career, and laced with enough profanity to make a pirate blush.
In 2007, Pirate Bay even attempted to raise the funds to purchase Sealand.
This was a pretty inconvenient situation for a pirate running up and down between decks.
Those are crucial minutes no pirate—or bed-seeking midnight fumbler—should spare.
To protect his own interests Prescott decided to make an abridgment of his own, and thus to forestall the pirate.William Hickling Prescott|Harry Thurston Peck
Once a bad spirit came; its language was perfectly horrible: in life it had been a pirate!The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6|Augustus J. C. Hare
The sea was calm, the boats were in full view of the pirate.How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves|W.H.G. Kingston
The Chukches avoided these Russians as merchant ships of old avoided a pirate bark.Panther Eye|Roy J. Snell
"I am made a pirate against my will," he had said of these things.Ulric the Jarl|William O. Stoddard
- a vessel used by pirates
- (as modifier)a pirate ship
- a person or group of people who broadcast illegally
- (as modifier)a pirate radio station
Word Origin for pirate
c.1300 (mid-13c. as a surname), from Latin pirata "sailor, corsair, sea robber" (source of Spanish, Italian pirata, Dutch piraat, German Pirat), literally "one who attacks (ships)," from Greek peirates "brigand, pirate," literally "one who attacks," from peiran "to attack, make a hostile attempt on, try," from peira "trial, an attempt, attack," from PIE root *per- "try" (cf. Latin peritus "experienced," periculum "trial, experiment; attempt on or against; enterprise;" see peril). An Old English word for it was sæsceaða. Meaning "one who takes another's work without permission" first recorded 1701; sense of "unlicensed radio broadcaster" is from 1913.
1570s, from pirate (n.). Related: Pirated; pirating.