noun bashi–ba·zouk \ˌbashēbəˈzük\

Definition of bashi–bazouk



  1. 1a :  a member of an irregular ill-disciplined auxiliary of the Ottoman Empire b :  irregular

  2. 2 :  a turbulent ill-disciplined person

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Origin and Etymology of bashi–bazouk

Turkish başı bozuk irregular soldier, from baş head, leader + bozuk depraved, corrupt

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