from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A freebooting soldier of 17th-century Ireland.
- n. A bandit or robber.
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- n. a bandit, brigand
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A wild Irish plunderer, esp. one of the 17th century; -- so called from his carrying a half-pike, called a rapary.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An armed Irish plunderer; in general, a vagabond.
He would appear to be under the impression we are a band of rapparee fifers.
Denis Ryan -- th 'ould rapparee, he wint afther us harrd -- in that last case.
"Yes! wance -- an '' Father, 'th' ould rapparee! he went for me baldheaded for not reporthin 'ut tu."
How him an 'his blood-cousin, Tim Moriarty, lay wan night for an' ould rapparee av a landlord, who'd evicted pore Tim out av house an 'home.
The jingles on the King of France, against the Scots in the time of James I., against the Tory, or Irish rapparee, and about the Gunpowder Plot, are of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.
I nipped over the border like a shot, and about ten miles the other side, in a nullah, my rapparee-in-charge showed me about seventy men variously armed, but standing up like a Queen's company.
Muller refute my opinion by urging that 'a Tory meant originally an Irish rapparee, 'or whatever the word _did_ originally mean?
Pat would not: his ears tossed over his head, and he jumped to right and left, and looked the raggedest rapparee that ever his ancestry trotted after.
This rapparee promised him mountains of wealth, and an English company was found to advance large sums of money --- I fear on Sir Arthur's guarantee.
"They were called Rapparees," Mr. Malone says, "from being armed with a half-pike, called by the Irish a _rapparee_."