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[wawr-path, -pahth] /ˈwɔrˌpæθ, -ˌpɑθ/
noun, plural warpaths
[wawr-path z, -pahth z, -paths, -pahths] /ˈwɔrˌpæðz, -ˌpɑðz, -ˌpæθs, -ˌpɑθs/ (Show IPA)
the path or course taken by American Indians on a warlike expedition.
on the warpath,
  1. seeking, preparing for, or engaged in war or aggressive pursuit.
  2. in a state of anger or indignation; hostile.
Origin of warpath
1745-55, Americanism; war1 + path Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The following morning found me hot on the warpath after a bathroom.

  • I couldn't be easy a minute, with old Hagar on the warpath the way she is.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • Two hundred warriors will follow the warpath at the first signal from my father.

    The Indian Scout Gustave Aimard
  • Through this section the Indian warpath into the heart of Kentucky passed.

  • “I believe some of your Patagonian giants you have been telling me about have gone on the warpath, Captain,” I said.

    Swept Out to Sea W. Bertram Foster
British Dictionary definitions for warpath


the route taken by North American Indians on a warlike expedition
on the warpath
  1. preparing to engage in battle
  2. (informal) in a state of anger
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for warpath

1775, in reference to North American Indians, from war (n.) + path (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with warpath


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