[ wawr-path, -pahth ]
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noun,plural war·paths [wawr-pathz, -pahthz, -paths, -pahths]. /ˈwɔrˌpæðz, -ˌpɑðz, -ˌpæθs, -ˌpɑθs/.
  1. especially historically, the path or course taken by Native Americans on a warlike expedition.

Idioms about warpath

  1. on the warpath, Often Offensive.

    • seeking, preparing for, or engaged in war or aggressive pursuit.

    • in a state of anger or indignation; hostile.

Origin of warpath

An Americanism dating back to 1745–55; war1 + path

usage note For warpath

See powwow.

Words Nearby warpath

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How to use warpath in a sentence

  • Now, scores of stars, including the actress Sienna Miller and the interior designer Kelly Hoppen, are on the warpath.

  • They had once been very powerful, and could still bring four or five thousand braves to the warpath.

    A short history of Rhode Island | George Washington Greene
  • The Sioux went on the warpath immediately and brought home forty or fifty Chippewa scalps.

  • The tuft of feathers fastened to his “top-knot” and the paint on his face indicated that he was on the warpath.

    Rodney, the Ranger | John V. Lane
  • The warriors need a wise and experienced chief to lead them on the warpath, and instruct them round the council fire.

    The Tiger-Slayer | Gustave Aimard
  • I intend that you and I shall go off somewhere on the warpath.

    Pawnee Hero Stories and Folk-Tales | George Bird Grinnell

British Dictionary definitions for warpath


/ (ˈwɔːˌpɑːθ) /

  1. the route taken by North American Indians on a warlike expedition

  2. on the warpath

    • preparing to engage in battle

    • informal in a state of anger

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Other Idioms and Phrases with warpath


see on the warpath.

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