from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A land-based pirate who, on dark nights along dangerous coasts, would demolish any legitimate lighthouses or beacons, erect a decoy signal fire in a different, deliberately misleading location, and then, after having induced a shipwreck, subdue any survivors and plunder the wreckage for valuables.


based on the fact that the strategy would not work on a moonlit night, such that the would-be pirate cussed the moon (Wiktionary)


Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • just becussed!? (justice rains?) or does that fog the tissue?

    January 8, 2014

  • That's a long, complicated definition.

    January 7, 2014