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


  1. of, relating to, or used in war
  2. hostile or belligerent
  3. 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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