Definition of rapparee in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˌrapəˈriː/


A bandit or irregular soldier in Ireland in the 17th century.
Example sentences
  • Especially in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, tories and rapparees were important, though often overlooked, figures in the history of Irish resistance to English colonisation.
  • In 1848, an old man came to the house of William Carleton, author of Redmond Count O'Hanlon and other popular novels and short stories involving tories and rapparees.
  • Hardly any local tories or rapparees are remembered in Connacht, the generally less fertile province to which the dispossessed ‘mere Irish’ were forced by Cromwell.


From Irish rapaire 'short pike'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: rap|paree

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.