Pirates are always popular. From children's stories like Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson to classic swashbuckling films with Errol Flynn, or the recent Disney Pirates of the Caribbean movies, pirates fascinate and captivate. They also have their own way of talking, and live in a world very different from our own. That's where this dictionary comes in. Here you'll find all the common words and phrases pirates used, and the stories of many famous pirates too.
A wooden stick used to tamp down a charge in a gun.
A long, curved sword used by early pirates but found to be too long for ship battles.
The rope ladders that run between the shrouds, and used by the crew to climb the rigging.
The ropes used to secure masts and sails in their desired position.
A blade-shaped component of a ship attached to the stern. From the helm it can be turned left or right to steer the ship.
A favorite drink of pirates, who were not known to be especially picky about their alcohol, rum was originally called “rumbullion” and was also called “kill devil.” It was and still is made by distilling sugar-cane residues or molasses.
Another name for rum.
A favorite pirate drink that was a blend of beer, gin, sherry, raw eggs, and spices.
Sailing with the wind directly behind the ship.