tigerish


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ti·ger

 (tī′gər)
n.
1.
a. A large carnivorous feline mammal (Panthera tigris) of Asia, having a tawny coat with transverse black stripes.
b. Any of various similar wild felines, such as the jaguar, mountain lion, or lynx.
2. A person regarded as aggressive, audacious, or fierce.

[Middle English tigre, from Old English tigras, tigers, and from Old French tigre, both from Latin tigris, from Greek, of Iranian origin; see steig- in Indo-European roots.]

ti′ger·ish adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tigerish - resembling a tiger in fierceness and lack of mercy; "a tigerish fury"
merciless, unmerciful - having or showing no mercy; "the merciless enemy"; "a merciless critic"; "gave him a merciless beating"
Translations

tigerish

[ˈtaɪgərɪʃ] ADJ (fig) → salvaje, feroz
References in classic literature ?
I think that hardly less immoral than the lubricity of literature, and its celebration of the monkey and the goat in us, is the spectacle such criticism affords of the tigerish play of satire.
On her return her eyes had a certain tigerish cast in them when they rested on Mr.
He pushed his pug-dog off his lap, dived under the table, appeared again with an old boot and a bottle of blackening, and set to work with tigerish activity.
Her eyes traveled with a tigerish stare over Mercy's costly silk dress.
Sometimes, I don't know but that it may be a drop of what is tigerish in their blood.
Those who had been greedy with the staves of the cask, had acquired a tigerish smear about the mouth; and one tall joker so besmirched, his head more out of a long squalid bag of a nightcap than in it, scrawled upon a wall with his finger dipped in muddy wine-lees--BLOOD.
And having commanded, he went aft with his peculiar tigerish leaps to the wheel.
If he had pricked them with a bayonet, I doubt if the Indians could have started and turned on him with a more tigerish quickness than they did, on hearing the first words that passed his lips.
Lecount left him for the night, foiled, and knowing she was foiled -- left him, with the tigerish side of her uppermost, and a low-lived longing in her elegant finger-nails to set them in her master's face.
But he was a man of flaming and tigerish temper, and coming to high words with one of them, he caught him by the throat and flung him by accident or design, into the sea.
The cat leaped down and ripped at a bundle of rags with her tigerish claws, with a sound that it set my teeth on edge to hear.
The only approach to an inward thaw which I have yet detected under her outer covering of icy constraint, has betrayed itself, once or twice, in the form of a suppressed tigerish jealousy of any woman in the house (the maids included) to whom the Count speaks, or on whom he looks with anything approaching to special interest or attention.