Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who takes part in a mutiny.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. someone who participates in mutiny

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One guilty of mutiny.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mutiny; play a mutinous part.
  • n. One guilty of mutiny; especially, a person in military or naval service (either in a man-of-war or in a merchant vessel) who openly resists the authority of his officers, or attempts to subvert their authority or in any way to overthrow due subordination and discipline.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who is openly rebellious and refuses to obey authorities (especially seamen or soldiers)

Etymologies

Obsolete French mutinier, from Old French mutin, rebellious; see mutiny.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From mutiny +‎ -eer (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The mutineer was the bowsman of the mate, and when fast to

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • The president of the mutineers -- fancy calling a mutineer a president!

    As We Sweep Through The Deep

  • The mutineer was the bowsman of the mate, and when fast to a fish, it was his duty to sit next him, while

    Moby Dick, or, the whale

  • The mutineer was the bowsman of the mate, and when fast to a fish, it was his duty to sit next him, while Radney stood up with his lance in the prow, and haul in or slacken the line, at the word of command.

    Moby-Dick, or, The Whale

  • The very scrupulosity which made Nottingham a mutineer was a security that he would never be a traitor, [610]

    The History of England, from the Accession of James II — Volume 3

  • Many of those present had seen him throughout that day of blood, at the head of his decimated squadron, with the guidon held aloft above every foe; to them that tall, slender form standing there, with a calm, weary dignity, that had nothing of the passion of the mutinous or the consciousness of the criminal in its serene repose, had shed upon it the luster of a heroism that made them ready almost to weep like women that the death of a mutineer should be the sole answer given by France to the savior of her honor.

    Under Two Flags

  • Yet curiously enough, the same firm voice, and the same firm manner, and a "mutineer," though this time a man instead of a horse, was effective here.

    The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him

  • I disarmed them immediately, and the vakeel having written a discharge for the fifteen men present, I wrote upon each paper the word "mutineer" above my signature.

    In the Heart of Africa

  • The discharge was made out, when upon each paper Mr Baker wrote the word "mutineer" above his signature.

    Great African Travellers From Mungo Park to Livingstone and Stanley

  • Caroline Flint, the only remotely attractive one out of the lot of them, will probably be the next 'mutineer', predicts 'Quentin' insightfully.

    British Blogs

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  • I'm famous for refusing to obey seamen!

    June 1, 2008