- The definition of buccaneer is a pirate or an sea adventurer along the Spanish coasts in the 17th century.
An example of a buccaneer is Captain Hook.
- Buccaneer means to act like a pirate.
An example of to buccaneer is to act and dress like a pirate for Halloween.
A man dressed as a buccaneer.
Origin of buccaneerFrench boucanier, user of a boucan, native Brazilian grill for roasting meat; origin, originally applied to French hunters of wild oxen in Haiti
- A pirate, especially one of the freebooters who plundered Spanish shipping in the West Indies during the 17th century.
- A ruthless speculator or adventurer.
intransitive verbbuc·ca·neered, buc·ca·neer·ing, buc·ca·neers
- To plunder shipping; act as a buccaneer.
- To show boldness and enterprise, as in business, often in a reckless or unscrupulous way.
Origin of buccaneerFrench boucanier, from boucaner, to cure meat, from boucan, barbecue frame, of Tupian origin; akin to Tupí mukém, rack. Word History: When it is first attested in the middle of the 17th century, the French word boucanier, later borrowed into English as buccaneer, referred to French traders on the islands of Hispaniola and Tortuga. The traders hunted the feral cattle and boars on the islands for their hides, and they smoked the meat in a barbecue frame known in French as a boucan. The French word came from the Tupí word for a wooden rack used for roasting. The original barbecuing buccaneers subsequently adopted a more remunerative way of life, piracy, which accounts for the modern meanings of the English word.
(third-person singular simple present buccaneers, present participle buccaneering, simple past and past participle buccaneered)
- To engage in piracy against any but one's own nation's ships.
French boucanier, from boucaner (“to smoke or broil meat and fish, to hunt wild beasts for their skins”).