- spoils or plunder taken by pillaging, as in war.
- anything taken by dishonesty, force, stealth, etc.: a burglar's loot.
- a collection of valued objects: The children shouted and laughed as they opened their Christmas loot.
- Slang. money: You'll have a fine time spending all that loot.
- act of looting or plundering: to take part in the loot of a conquered city.
- to carry off or take (something) as loot: to loot a nation's art treasures.
- to despoil by taking loot; plunder or pillage (a city, house, etc.), as in war.
- to rob, as by burglary or corrupt activity in public office: to loot the public treasury.
- to take loot; plunder: The conquerors looted and robbed.
Origin of loot1
1780–90; < Hindi lūṭ, akin to Sanskrit luṇṭhati (he) steals
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1. booty. 7. sack, ransack.
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Examples from the Web for looter
In a live TV interview the prime minister called the demonstrators “çapulcu,” which means “looter” or “marauder” in Turkish.Smiling Under a Cloud of Tear Gas: Elif Shafak on Istanbul’s Streets
June 11, 2013
Dworn didn't linger to learn its reaction at spying a looter.World of the Drone
It's barely possible some looter may be prowling in the house.The Hosts of the Air
Joseph A. Altsheler
The looter goes in for himself alone without considerin' his organization or his city.Plunkitt of Tammany Hall
George Washington Plunkitt
A strong military line was then drawn around the district, and this last resource of the looter came to an end.The San Francisco Calamity
During the Civil War the word acquired the special meaning of looter.The American Language
Henry L. Mencken
- goods stolen during pillaging, as in wartime, during riots, etc
- goods, money, etc, obtained illegally
- informal money or wealth
- the act of looting or plundering
- to pillage (a city, settlement, etc) during war or riots
- to steal (money or goods), esp during pillaging
C19: from Hindi lūt
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Word Origin and History for looter
1858, agent noun from loot (v.).
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