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buc·ca·neer

 (bŭk′ə-nîr′)
n.
1. A pirate, especially one of the freebooters who plundered Spanish shipping in the West Indies during the 17th century.
2. A ruthless speculator or adventurer.
intr.v. buc·ca·neered, buc·ca·neer·ing, buc·ca·neers
1. To plunder shipping; act as a buccaneer.
2. To show boldness and enterprise, as in business, often in a reckless or unscrupulous way.

[French boucanier, from boucaner, to cure meat, from boucan, barbecue frame, of Tupian origin; akin to Tupí mukém, rack.]
Word History: When it is first attested in the middle of the 17th century, the French word boucanier, later borrowed into English as buccaneer, referred to French traders on the islands of Hispaniola and Tortuga. The traders hunted the feral cattle and boars on the islands for their hides, and they smoked the meat in a barbecue frame known in French as a boucan. The French word came from the Tupí word for a wooden rack used for roasting. The original barbecuing buccaneers subsequently adopted a more remunerative way of life, piracy, which accounts for the modern meanings of the English word.
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buccaneer

(ˌbʌkəˈnɪə)
n
(Historical Terms) a pirate, esp one who preyed on the Spanish colonies and shipping in America and the Caribbean in the 17th and 18th centuries
vb (intr)
to be or act like a buccaneer
[C17: from French boucanier, from boucaner to smoke meat, from Old French boucan frame for smoking meat, of Tupian origin; originally applied to French and English hunters of wild oxen in the Caribbean]
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buc•ca•neer

(ˌbʌk əˈnɪər)

n.
a pirate, esp. one who raided Spanish colonies and ships along the American coast in the second half of the 17th century.
[1655–65; < French boucanier, literally, barbecuer]
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buccaneer


Past participle: buccaneered
Gerund: buccaneering

Imperative
buccaneer
buccaneer
Present
I buccaneer
you buccaneer
he/she/it buccaneers
we buccaneer
you buccaneer
they buccaneer
Preterite
I buccaneered
you buccaneered
he/she/it buccaneered
we buccaneered
you buccaneered
they buccaneered
Present Continuous
I am buccaneering
you are buccaneering
he/she/it is buccaneering
we are buccaneering
you are buccaneering
they are buccaneering
Present Perfect
I have buccaneered
you have buccaneered
he/she/it has buccaneered
we have buccaneered
you have buccaneered
they have buccaneered
Past Continuous
I was buccaneering
you were buccaneering
he/she/it was buccaneering
we were buccaneering
you were buccaneering
they were buccaneering
Past Perfect
I had buccaneered
you had buccaneered
he/she/it had buccaneered
we had buccaneered
you had buccaneered
they had buccaneered
Future
I will buccaneer
you will buccaneer
he/she/it will buccaneer
we will buccaneer
you will buccaneer
they will buccaneer
Future Perfect
I will have buccaneered
you will have buccaneered
he/she/it will have buccaneered
we will have buccaneered
you will have buccaneered
they will have buccaneered
Future Continuous
I will be buccaneering
you will be buccaneering
he/she/it will be buccaneering
we will be buccaneering
you will be buccaneering
they will be buccaneering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been buccaneering
you have been buccaneering
he/she/it has been buccaneering
we have been buccaneering
you have been buccaneering
they have been buccaneering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been buccaneering
you will have been buccaneering
he/she/it will have been buccaneering
we will have been buccaneering
you will have been buccaneering
they will have been buccaneering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been buccaneering
you had been buccaneering
he/she/it had been buccaneering
we had been buccaneering
you had been buccaneering
they had been buccaneering
Conditional
I would buccaneer
you would buccaneer
he/she/it would buccaneer
we would buccaneer
you would buccaneer
they would buccaneer
Past Conditional
I would have buccaneered
you would have buccaneered
he/she/it would have buccaneered
we would have buccaneered
you would have buccaneered
they would have buccaneered
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.buccaneer - someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nationbuccaneer - someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation
Barbary pirate, corsair - a pirate along the Barbary Coast
despoiler, freebooter, looter, pillager, plunderer, raider, spoiler - someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war)
sea king - a Viking pirate chief
Verb1.buccaneer - live like a buccaneer
live - lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style; "we had to live frugally after the war"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

buccaneer

noun pirate, privateer, corsair, freebooter, sea-rover the villainous buccaneer with the peg-leg and the parrot
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
Translations
قُرصان
bukanýr
sørøver
sjóræningi
korsaraspiratas
jūras laupītājspirāts
korzár

buccaneer

[ˌbʌkəˈnɪəʳ]
A. N (Hist) → bucanero m (fig) → emprendedor(a) m/f
B. VIpiratear
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buccaneer

[ˌbʌkəˈnɪər] n
(= pirate) → flibustier m
(British) (in business)flibustier m
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buccaneer

nSeeräuber m; (= ship)Piratenschiff nt
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buccaneer

[ˌbʌkəˈnɪəʳ] nbucaniere m
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

buccaneer

(bakəˈniə) noun
a type of pirate.
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