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 man dressed as a buccaneer.
- 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 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 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”).
- Pirates: Perfect for youngsters, a pirate theme can include sunken treasure, a floating ship, and Jolly Roger beach towels, while adults may appreciate rum punch to liven up their buccaneer spirit.
- Nor should Raleigh, Drake, Hawkins, the semi-buccaneer explorers of the ocean, be omitted.
- For while the buccaneer forces included English, French and Dutch sailors, and were complemented occasionally by bands of native Indians, there are few instances during the time of their prosperity and growth of their falling upon one another, and treating their fellows with the savagery which they exulted in displaying against the subjects of Spain.
- In this same year a Spanish fleet of fourteen sail met, but did not engage, ten buccaneer vessels which were found in the Bay of Panama.
- Out of such conditions arose the buccaneer, alternately sailor and hunter, even occasionally a planter - roving, bold, unscrupulous, often savage, with an intense detestation of Spain.