tigerish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tigerish resembling a tiger in fierceness and lack of mercy "a tigerish fury"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Tigerish Like a tiger; tigrish.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tigerish Of, pertaining to, or resembling a tiger in appearance, nature, or habits. Fierce, bloodthirsty, or cruel.
    • tigerish Swaggering; bully-like. Compare tiger, 4.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Tigerish like a tiger in disposition
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. tigre—L. tigris—Gr. tigris—Zend. tighri, an arrow, whence the river Tigris.

Usage

In literature:

And Louis Laplante rose and tip-toed after me with a tigerish malice that recalled the surly squaw.
"Lords of the North" by A. C. Laut
Receiving no answer, he spoke again with a tigerish expansion of his thick lips.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
A tigerish eagerness filled them; a panic of fear and cupidity spurred them on.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
In tigerish ferocity the two men came together.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
He smiled tigerishly and sauntered toward Stan.
"Alarm Clock" by Everett B. Cole
Three minutes later the Rovers, in tigerish suits of yellow and black, trotted out from their dressing rooms.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
French has been so insufferably conceited since he shot tigerish cat No.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Suddenly Courtlandt rushed him tigerishly, landing a jab which closed Harrigan's right eye.
"The Place of Honeymoons" by Harold MacGrath
When Ronald Mason saw that the supposed minister was his enemy, Old King Brady, a tigerish expression leaped to his eyes.
"The Bradys Beyond Their Depth" by Anonymous
So surprised was Policeman Burns that he stood with staring eyes, making no move to rescue his mate from the tigerish girl.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
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In poetry:

I always remember your beautiful flowers
And the beautiful kimono you wore
When you sat on the couch
With that tigerish crouch
And told me you loved me no more.
"Pad, Pad" by Stevie Smith
I do not follow with a tigerish thought
Or with the fierce Gaetulian lion's quest;
So, quickly leave your mother, as you ought,
Full ripe to nestle on a husband's breast.
"Horatian Lyrics Odes I, 23." by Eugene Field
I do not follow with a tigerish thought,
Or with the fierce Gaetulian lion's quest;
So, quickly leave your mother, as you ought,
Full ripe to nestle on a husband's breast.
"To Chloe" by Roswell Martin Field
O Jonathan, Jonathan! deadly the sin
Of your tigerish thirst for the blood of your kin;
And shameful the spirit that gloats over wives
And maidens despoiled of their honor and lives!
"Farewell To Brother Jonathan" by Anonymous Americas
But battling still with every wave that strives
To bear them back with rushing surge and sweep,
They gain the shore at last with human lives
Wrenched from the white teeth of the tigerish deep.
"The Life-Boat" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

In one interview, the father, in his own time a tigerish defender, says Falcao always wanted to play for Real Madrid.
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