Definitions of buccaneer

  1. live like a buccaneer
  2. someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation
  3. To act the part of a buccaneer; to live as a piratical adventurer or sea robber.
  4. A robber upon the sea; a pirate; - a term applied especially to the piratical adventurers who made depredations on the Spaniards in America in the 17th and 18th centuries.
  5. A pirate; a sea robber.
  6. A pirate or freebooter.
  7. A name given to certain English and French piratical adventurers who, in the 17th and 18th centuries, combined to make depredations on the Spaniards in America; a pirate. See Buccan.
  8. To play the pirate.

Usage examples for buccaneer

  1. Frank himself was less of a buccaneer and was conspicuous because he was practically the only man in Little Missouri who did not carry arms. – Roosevelt in the Bad Lands by Hermann Hagedorn
  2. By a somewhat curious coincidence, a few days after this conversation, the Miami passed the Dry Tortugas, the old- time capital of that Buccaneer Empire which for forty years held the navies of the entire world at bay. – The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  3. You would remind me that grey hairs begin to show, that health falls into rags, that high spirits split like canvas, and that in the end the bright buccaneer drifts, an old derelict, tossed by the waves of ill fortune, and buffeted by the winds into those dismal bays and dangerous offings- housekeepers, nurses, and uncomfortable chambers. – Confessions of a Young Man by George Moore
  4. There is some excuse for the Buccaneer, who tells his own story. – History of the Buccaneers of America by James Burney
  5. Honest, if he'd had a patch over one eye and gold rings in his ears he could have qualified as a bold, bad buccaneer himself. – Wilt Thou Torchy by Sewell Ford
  6. During the summer of 1613, Samuel Argall, learning of the presence of the French, came upon them unawares, and in true buccaneer style. – Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast by Samuel Adams Drake
  7. It seemed to Rupert that the buccaneer was afraid. – The Mandarin's Fan by Fergus Hume
  8. The suspicion that the watches and jewellery I had discovered on the bodies of the men had excited was now confirmed, and I was satisfied that this schooner had been a pirate or buccaneer, of what nationality I could not yet divine- methought Spanish from the costume of the first figure I had encountered; and I was also convinced by the brief glance I directed at the things in the cabin, particularly the wearing apparel, and the make and appearance of the firearms, that she must have been in this position for upwards of fifty years. – The Frozen Pirate by W. Clark Russell
  9. Clarence looked like a buccaneer who would carry a woman off, and knock her down if she objected to his love- making. – The Mandarin's Fan by Fergus Hume
  10. That Castro, with his Cuba, is nothing but a blasted buccaneer... – Romance by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  11. But St. Levant was a buccaneer to the backbone: he spent his winnings as lavishly as any one of the young patricians whom he delighted to honour and imitate; and took his ease in the sunshine, scorning to make the slightest provision for the season of the rains. – Barren Honour: A Novel by George A. Lawrence
  12. " That is more like you," said the buccaneer, quietly. – Commodore Junk by George Manville Fenn
  13. Mern usually shut down the cover on a case as soon as the point had been won; he had found in too many instances that memory nagged; he had assured Craig that having to do what a detective chief was called on to do in his business had not given him the spirit of a buccaneer. – Joan of Arc of the North Woods by Holman Day
  14. Her immediate rush to that place, the fixing of herself there for an assault on him, was a move worthy the daughter of the rascal Old Buccaneer; it compelled to urgent measures. – The Amazing Marriage, v3 by George Meredith Edition: 10 Language: English
  15. At St. Thomas's they show you a tower, a little distance from the town, which, they say, formerly belonged to a buccaneer chieftain. – Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton
  16. Captain Gee despairingly fired his pistols among the rascally throng, and appealed to Barthelemy, if he had a drop of honorable blood in his body, not to stain his fame as a buccaneer by receiving into his band the worthless fellows who, in the hour of peril, had deserted their captain. – The Corsair King by Mór Jókai
  17. It would not hurt my feelings more to know that you were a buccaneer, roving on the ocean for the plunder of all nations. – Taken by the Enemy by Oliver Optic
  18. The light of the lantern, which fell on their countenances, showed me that they were not Englishmen- dark- bearded, swarthy fellows, dressed in true buccaneer style. – Hurricane Hurry by W.H.G. Kingston
  19. Judith was a buccaneer. – Mount Music by E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross
  20. I like that Marmaduke Duval- there's something fine in a man, in those times, bringing the old buccaneer over from Annapolis and burying him beside the place where he, himself, some day would rest. – In Her Own Right by John Reed Scott