from The Century Dictionary.

  • Warlike; bellicose; ready for battle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Arrayed for battle; fit or eager for battle; warlike.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective obsolete Warlike, battle-ready.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French bataillos, from bataille ("battle").


  • The "battailous" spirit of the West is not to be expected in a Byzantine sophist.

    The Flourishing of Romance and the Rise of Allegory (Periods of European Literature, vol. II)

  • In the second act he is breathing the foul and heated atmosphere of party passion and religious hate, generating the lurid fires which glare in the battailous canticles of his prose pamphlets.

    Lectures and Essays

  • His mind had not that reach and elemental movement of Milton's, which, like the tradewind, gathered to itself thoughts and images like stately fleets from every quarter; some deep with silks and spicery, some brooding over the silent thunders of their battailous armaments, but all swept forward in their destined track, over the long billows of his verse, every inch of canvas strained by the unifying breath of their common epic impulse.

    Among My Books Second Series

  • ‘pocket-money,’ and combinations like ‘battailous grip’; while throughout the entire translation are scattered modern colloquialisms like ‘boss’ (master), ‘tussle,’ ‘war-tug.’

    The Translations of Beowulf A Critical Bibliography


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

  • "a military or warlike appearance."

    October 10, 2008