from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A freebooting soldier of 17th-century Ireland.
- n. A bandit or robber.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a bandit, brigand
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A wild Irish plunderer, esp. one of the 17th century; -- so called from his carrying a half-pike, called a rapary.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An armed Irish plunderer; in general, a vagabond.
Irish Gaelic rapaire, variant of ropaire, cutpurse, from ropaid, he stabs.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
from Irish rapaire, variant of ropaire ("cutpurse"). (Wiktionary)