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08:14 Nov 28, 2000
English to Italian translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
English term or phrase: rapparee
I actually know what it means:
1. A freebooting soldier of 17th-century Ireland. 2. A bandit or robber.

I just would like to have some more info on its etymology.
As far as I know it comes from:
Irish Gaelic rapaire, variant of ropaire, cutpurse, from ropaid, he stabs

But there are also other interpretations.
Thanks/Grazie
A response in Italian or English would be fine.
ZUT
Italian translation:s.b.
Explanation:
Dear ZUT,
this is what I could find out:

1)rapparee: Irish pikeman or irregular soldier; from Ir.rapaire,pl.rapairdhe
= short pike
OXFORD DICT.OF ENGLISH ETYMOLOGY

2) rapparee: an Irish irregular soldier of the late 17th century [C17: from Irish rapairdhe = pike; probably from English rapier]
CED

2b) rapier: a long narrow two-edged sword with a guarded hilt, used as a thrusting weapon, popular in the 16th and 17th centuries. [C16: from Old French 'espee rapiere', literally: rasping sword] CED

Unfortunately, I could not find any background information on the actual Irish bit of history to it. Maybe you can try the Encyclopedia Britannica on the Internet (via www.foreignword.com)

auguri!
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nabandito o briganteKika
nas.b.ruebaer


  

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9 hrs
s.b.


Explanation:
Dear ZUT,
this is what I could find out:

1)rapparee: Irish pikeman or irregular soldier; from Ir.rapaire,pl.rapairdhe
= short pike
OXFORD DICT.OF ENGLISH ETYMOLOGY

2) rapparee: an Irish irregular soldier of the late 17th century [C17: from Irish rapairdhe = pike; probably from English rapier]
CED

2b) rapier: a long narrow two-edged sword with a guarded hilt, used as a thrusting weapon, popular in the 16th and 17th centuries. [C16: from Old French 'espee rapiere', literally: rasping sword] CED

Unfortunately, I could not find any background information on the actual Irish bit of history to it. Maybe you can try the Encyclopedia Britannica on the Internet (via www.foreignword.com)

auguri!


    Oxford; CED
ruebaer
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18 hrs
bandito o brigante


Explanation:
Un "rapparee" è un soldato irregolare, bandito irlandese (del secolo XVII). Per estensione un bandito o brigante.

Kika


    Dizionario Ragazzini
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