Definitions

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  • adj. like a brigand or robber

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like a brigand or freebooter; robberlike.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Like a brigand.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • There was an air about him which on the spur of the moment he might have called "brigandish" -- the way he wore his hat, a slight swagger, a something lawless that surely he never had acquired in his peach orchard in Delaware.

    The Dude Wrangler

  • Death to Obama the brigandish jew capitalism warmonger dog!

    Korean tweets

  • Sometimes these tufts impart a rather brigandish expression to his otherwise solemn countenance.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • The brigandish guise which the Canaller so proudly sports; his slouched and gaily-ribboned hat betoken his grand features.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • He was fully thirty-five years of age, quite tall, and as a merry girl expressed it, brigandish-looking.

    Idle Hour Stories

  • His messenger had not yet returned, but there in the vestibule was Ralston, in his brigandish sombrero and his black velvet jacket, looking so fit and wholesome that Paul envied him.

    Despair's Last Journey

  • There was nothing brigandish or romantic about the appearance of the very ordinary-looking young man who put in an appearance at Starden village.

    The Imaginary Marriage

  • It had begun to drizzle, as it so often does during the winter in Northern France, and this man wore a bedrabbled cloak -- a brigandish-looking cloak -- over his blue smock.

    Ruth Fielding at the War Front or, The Hunt for the Lost Soldier

  • Parisian workman could not conceal a certain brigandish air that was second nature to them.

    Monte-Cristo's Daughter

  • We cut off the silk vest of a dirty, brigandish-looking officer, nearly finished with a wound through his lung.

    Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915

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  • B.B.C. News:

    Joo Sung-ha, the defector turned South Korean journalist, says there is an easy explanation for North Korea's use of seemingly antiquated words like "brigandish" to refer to its opponents.

    "They're using old dictionaries," he says.

    "Many were published in the 1960s with meanings that have now fallen out of use, and there are very few first-language English speakers available to make the necessary corrections."

    July 14, 2009

  • A favourite North Korean word, e.g.

    Now that the U.S. and its followers got the UNSC issued its brigandish "presidential statement" critical of the DPRK's launch of satellite conducted according to the requirements and norms of international law, gravely infringing upon its sovereignty and security, it was entirely just for the DPRK to have exercised its right to just self-defence to protect itself from outsiders' threat of aggression.

    . . .

    The grave reality in which the situation is inching close to the brink of a war due to the brigandish moves of the U.S. and its followers proves how the DPRK was right when it has bolstered up the nuclear deterrent for self-defence based on the Songun politics.

    —KCNA, 9 June 2009

    June 10, 2009