- The definition of bellicose is someone or something aggressive and eager or willing to fight.
An example of bellicose are angry rebels who storm a protest march.
of a quarrelsome or hostile nature; eager to fight or quarrel; warlike
Origin of bellicoseMiddle English ; from Classical Latin bellicosus ; from bellicus, of war ; from bellum, war ; from Old Latin duellum: for Indo-European base see duel
Warlike or hostile in manner or temperament. See Synonyms at belligerent.
Origin of bellicoseMiddle English, from Latin bellicōsus, from bellicus, of war, from bellum, war.
- bel′li·cos′i·ty , bel′li·cose′ness
(comparative more bellicose, superlative most bellicose)