Definition of tigerish in US English:



  • Resembling or likened to a tiger, especially in being fierce and determined.

    ‘she was in a tigerish mood’
    • ‘City's tigerish 21-year-old is back in training after a year out with a cruciate injury.’
    • ‘The effort gave his team a 20-16 advantage over the tigerish Cincinnati Bengals.’
    • ‘Otherwise why would Moin Khan, the wicket-keeper batsman of tigerish resolve on the cricket field, greet you with a warm, affectionate hug every time you met him?’
    • ‘The United manager shares none of his enthusiasm for strapping defenders protected by tigerish, sitting midfielders.’
    • ‘The tigerish midfielder has been one of the star's of Rovers' revival, particularly in the last few months since Hughes moved him into the centre.’
    • ‘They kicked a fair number of wides but then they were under pressure by a tigerish St Peters back line, who took no prisoners.’
    • ‘However, a hungrier and more tigerish Donoughmore side held out to reach their second All-Ireland club final in three years.’
    • ‘After being let down by its batsmen in the afternoon, India Cements bowled with discipline on a surface lacking in bounce, and fielded with a tigerish resolve to win by eight runs.’
    • ‘Price feels the chief reasons for the low-scoring have been the superb greens, and the absence of tigerish rough.’
    • ‘After 12 years as a full time employee on the Villa Park staff, the tigerish midfielder is part of the furniture and confesses that he almost acts as an unofficial tourist guide.’
    • ‘City's tigerish midfielder played half of yesterday's private friendly with Premiership Bolton.’
    • ‘Aided by a tigerish back row, the Scottish players put their bodies on the line in a heartening show of courage and commitment.’
    • ‘He added his usual tigerish bite to an unfamiliar midfield role, but Leeds were frustratingly off-colour again.’
    • ‘They were tigerish full backs and O'Mahony found time to raid down the left flank and prove an attacking threat.’
    • ‘It is not the reality of a tigerish emerald economy or Ireland's high-tech silicon glens.’
    • ‘In contrast to their tigerish first-half, City United were a suppressed force in the second period.’
    • ‘The second half was barely a minute old when a tigerish Turley gave an indication that things were looking up - trying his luck from range with a curling effort that sailed not too far over the crossbar.’
    • ‘Kavanagh was at his best with his renowned tigerish style of totally committed football on the other wing.’
    • ‘The hallmark of their play was their tigerish tackling.’
    • ‘They were tigerish and willing throughout but O'Rourke was keen to spread the praise still further.’
    brutal, brutish, vicious, violent, bloody, barbarous, barbaric, savage, sadistic, ruthless, remorseless, cruel, pitiless, merciless, heartless, bloodthirsty, murderous, wolfish
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