from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A pirate, especially one of the freebooters who preyed on Spanish shipping in the West Indies during the 17th century.
- n. A ruthless speculator or adventurer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. A pirate.
- v. To engage in piracy against any but one's own nation's ships.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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 v. To act the part of a buccaneer; to live as a piratical adventurer or sea robber.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. live like a buccaneer
- n. someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation
"You're what they call a buccaneer of business, aren't you?"
And when the German trade journals refused to accept American advertisements, they found their country flamingly bill-boarded in buccaneer American fashion.
Describing Siqueiros as a "Latin American buccaneer," Deutscher describes him as a man in whom "art, revolution and gangsterism were inseparable."
A silver statue of the Virgin, captured by some buccaneer from a Spanish ship, had been appropriated by
American advertisements, they found their country flamingly bill-boarded in buccaneer American fashion.
The only difference between a pirate and a buccaneer is a note from the King.
A buccaneer was the first to strike and fired three shots to warn the admiral, who at once lighted fires and discharged cannon to keep off the rest of the ships.
A privateering command would have paid better than a regular commission, but Jones constantly refused such an appointment; and yet he has been called buccaneer and pirate by many who have written about him, including as recent writers as Rudyard Kipling, John Morley, and Theodore Roosevelt.
BTW, bag, I would rather trust the government than the den of thieves called buccaneer capitalists that the rabid right wants to restore to positions of power.
The name "buccaneer" originally meant one who dried or smoked flesh on a "boucan," a kind of hurdle used for this purpose by the natives of Central and South America.