Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “belligerent”

belligerent

adjective uk   /bəˈlɪdʒ.ər.ənt/ us    /-ɚ-/
disapproving wishing to fight or argue: a belligerent person a belligerent gesture Watch out! Lee's in a belligerent mood. formal fighting a war: The belligerent countries are having difficulties funding the war.
belligerence
noun [U] uk   /-əns/ (also belligerency,   /-ənsi/   ) us  
I can't stand his belligerence (= his wish to argue with people all the time).
belligerently
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
(Definition of belligerent from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of belligerent?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “belligerent” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

bright spark

a person who is intelligent, and full of energy and enthusiasm

Word of the Day

Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More