from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A pirate, especially one of the freebooters who plundered Spanish shipping in the West Indies during the 17th century.
  • noun A ruthless speculator or adventurer.
  • intransitive verb To plunder shipping; act as a buccaneer.
  • intransitive verb To show boldness and enterprise, as in business, often in a reckless or unscrupulous way.

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

  • noun 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.
  • intransitive verb To act the part of a buccaneer; to live as a piratical adventurer or sea robber.

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

  • noun nautical Any of a group of seamen who cruised on their own account on the Spanish Main and in the Pacific in the 17th century; similar to pirates but did not prey on ships of their own nation.
  • noun A pirate.
  • verb To engage in piracy against any but one's own nation's ships.

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

  • verb live like a buccaneer
  • noun someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation


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

[French boucanier, from boucaner, to cure meat, from boucan, barbecue frame, of Tupian origin; akin to Tupí mukém, rack.]


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  • the going rate for piercing a pirate's ears. Shiver me timbers!

    February 20, 2007

  • Haha! Sionnach, that puts me in mind of one of my dad's old jokes. Don't recall the entire thing, but it ends with "Where are your buccaneers?" "Under me buckin' hat!"


    February 20, 2007

  • The old (emphasis on "old") joke that this reminds me of is: Buccaneer? Hellova price to pay for corn!

    July 12, 2007

  • Their talk, however, was the talk of sordid buccaneers; it as reckless without hardihood, greedy without audacity, and cruel without courage... --Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)

    March 9, 2011

  • Daffynition: too much to pay for corn (a-buck-an-ear)

    June 16, 2012