rapparee


rapparee

noun

  1. an armed Irish freebooter or plunderer, especially of the 17th century.
  2. any freebooter or robber.

noun

  1. an Irish irregular soldier of the late 17th century
  2. obsolete any plunderer or robber
n.

“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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