Buccaneer meaning

bŭkə-nîr
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A ruthless speculator or adventurer.
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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.

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A pirate, especially one of the freebooters who plundered Spanish shipping in the West Indies during the 17th century.
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To plunder shipping; act as a buccaneer.
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To show boldness and enterprise, as in business, often in a reckless or unscrupulous way.
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A pirate, or sea robber, esp. one who raided along the Spanish coasts of America in the 17th cent.
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(nautical) Any of a group of seamen who cruised on their own account on the Spanish Main and in the Pacific in the 17th century; similar to pirates but did not prey on ships of their own nation.
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A pirate.
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To engage in piracy against any but one's own nation's ships.
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Buccaneer means to act like a pirate.

An example of to buccaneer is to act and dress like a pirate for Halloween.

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Origin of buccaneer

  • French boucanier from boucaner to cure meat from boucan barbecue frame of Tupian origin Tupí mukém rack

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French boucanier, from boucaner (“to smoke or broil meat and fish, to hunt wild beasts for their skins”).

    From Wiktionary