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bandit

[ban-dit] /ˈbæn dɪt/
noun, plural bandits or (Rare) banditti
[ban-dit-ee] /bænˈdɪt i/ (Show IPA)
1.
a robber, especially a member of a gang or marauding band.
2.
an outlaw or highwayman.
3.
Informal.
  1. a person who takes unfair advantage of others, as a merchant who overcharges; swindler; cheat.
  2. a vendor, cab driver, etc., who operates a business or works without a required license or permit, and without observing the usual rules or practices.
4.
Military Informal. an enemy aircraft, especially an attacking fighter.
Idioms
5.
make out like a bandit, Slang. to be extremely successful; profit greatly:
The early investors in the company have made out like bandits.
Origin of bandit
1585-1595
1585-95; earlier bandetto, plural banditti < Italian banditi outlaws, plural of bandito proscribed, past participle of bandire banish, exile, announce publicly < Gothic bandwjan to make a sign, indicate (cf. band1) with v. suffix -ire < Latin -īre
Synonyms
1, 2. brigand, desperado.
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Examples from the Web for bandit
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  • The bandit looked down in utter disgust at the cringing form.

    The Bad Man Charles Hanson Towne
  • “It is true; the price of blood is yours,” said Fabian to the bandit.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • But here you are, a bandit and an outlaw without being bad or tough—I don't think you are, anyway.

    The Lookout Man B. M. Bower
  • Sentiments not such as might have been expected from the lips of a bandit!

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • He said he thought we should not find the bandit business a paying industry, as a permanency, and that journalism might be.

British Dictionary definitions for bandit

bandit

/ˈbændɪt/
noun (pl) -dits, -ditti (-ˈdɪtɪ)
1.
a robber, esp a member of an armed gang; brigand
Derived Forms
banditry, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Italian bandito, literally: banished man, from bandire to proscribe, from bando edict, ban1
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Word Origin and History for bandit
n.

1590s, from Italian bandito (plural banditi) "outlaw," past participle of bandire "proscribe, banish," from Vulgar Latin *bannire "to proclaim, proscribe," from Proto-Germanic *bann (see ban (v.)). *Bannire (or its Frankish cognate *bannjan) in Old French became banir-, which, with lengthened stem, became English banish.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bandit

bandit

noun

  1. An enemy aircraft (WWII)
  2. An aggressive homosexual who often resorts to violence (1970s+ Prison)

Related Terms

like a bandit, make out like a bandit, one-arm bandit

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