[wawr-path, -pahth]
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noun, plural war·paths [wawr-path z, -pahth z, -paths, -pahths] /ˈwɔrˌpæðz, -ˌpɑðz, -ˌpæθs, -ˌpɑθs/.
  1. the path or course taken by American Indians on a warlike expedition.
  1. on the warpath,
    1. seeking, preparing for, or engaged in war or aggressive pursuit.
    2. in a state of anger or indignation; hostile.

Origin of warpath

An Americanism dating back to 1745–55; war1 + path
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  1. the route taken by North American Indians on a warlike expedition
  2. on the warpath
    1. preparing to engage in battle
    2. informalin a state of anger
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Word Origin and History for warpath

1775, in reference to North American Indians, from war (n.) + path (n.).

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Idioms and Phrases with warpath


see on the warpath.

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