fit, qualified, or ready for war; martial: a warlike fleet; warlike tribes.
threatening or indicating war: a warlike tone.
of or relating to war: a warlike expedition.

Nearby words

  1. wark,
  2. warks,
  3. warless,
  4. warlessly,
  5. warley,
  6. warlock,
  7. warlord,
  8. warlpiri,
  9. warm,
  10. warm as toast

Origin of warlike

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425; see origin at war1, -like

Related formsun·war·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for warlike



of, relating to, or used in war
hostile or belligerent
fit or ready for war
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Word Origin and History for warlike



early 15c., from war (n.) + -like.

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