- an armed Irish freebooter or plunderer, especially of the 17th century.
- any freebooter or robber.
Origin of rapparee
First recorded in 1680–90, rapparee is from the Irish word rapaire
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Examples from the Web for rapparee
This seemed precisely the arrangement which the Rapparee and his men had contemplated.
"Well, now, suppose I should make the trial," said the Rapparee.
It soon became evident that the Rapparee and his party had taken the alarm.
"Don't let the sight of me frighten you, sir," said the Rapparee.
She then looked cautiously about her, and added, "Fergus, the Rapparee!"
- an Irish irregular soldier of the late 17th century
- obsolete any plunderer or robber
C17: from Irish rapairidhe pike, probably from English rapier
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Word Origin and History for rapparee
"Irish freebooter," 1680s, originally "pikeman," from Irish rapairidhe, plural of rapaire "half-pike." Kind of soldier prominent in the war of 1688-92.
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