Definition of mutinous in US English:



  • 1(of a soldier or sailor) refusing to obey the orders of a person in authority.

    • ‘But with over five hundred men out for the count and the rest turning mutinous, he knew he had to find another place to settle down for the time being.’
    • ‘Most naval officers had either fled or been murdered by their mutinous crews.’
    • ‘The first civil war was sparked by mutinous Southern army officers before independence and lasted until 1972.’
    • ‘The revolution itself had been carried out mainly by mutinous soldiers, who represented thereafter the only real authority.’
    • ‘The mutinous crew sailed back to Tahiti, whence some of the members, accompanied by a number of Tahitians, migrated to Pitcairn's Island and established there an Utopian colony.’
    • ‘The president accused mutinous troops of being influenced by ‘the smell of oil.’’
    • ‘In 1857, a rebellion in north India led by mutinous Indian soldiers caused the British Parliament to transfer all political power from the East India Company to the Crown.’
    • ‘The war ended in 1859, and the mutinous troops were tried and executed.’
    • ‘For more than 200 years, this volcanic rock has been home to descendants of Fletcher Christian and his mutinous shipmates, who burnt the HMS Bounty here in 1790.’
    rebellious, insubordinate, subversive, seditious, insurgent, insurrectionary, insurrectionist, rebel, revolutionary
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    1. 1.1 Willful or disobedient.
      ‘Antoinette looked mutinous, but she obeyed’
      • ‘I elude authority and make a tidy living being the mutinous karate girl in the corner.’
      • ‘When she is not at her desk, nervy Virginia is being beastly to the staff, ordering her mutinous cook to make a train journey all the way from Richmond to the centre of town to get some sugar-ginger for lunch.’
      • ‘They seem to you inert, flabby, weakly envious, foolishly obstinate, impiously mutinous, and many other things.’


Late 16th century: from obsolete mutine ‘rebellion’ (see mutiny) + -ous.