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[muh-rawd] /məˈrɔd/
verb (used without object)
to roam or go around in quest of plunder; make a raid for booty:
Freebooters were marauding all across the territory.
verb (used with object)
to raid for plunder (often used passively):
At the war's end the country had been marauded by returning bands of soldiers.
Archaic. the act of marauding.
Origin of maraud
1705-15; < French marauder, derivative of maraud rogue, vagabond, Middle French, perhaps identical with dial. maraud tomcat, of expressive orig.
Related forms
marauder, noun
1, 2. invade, attack; ravage, harry. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for maraud
Historical Examples
  • That they are on the maraud is evidenced by the absence of tents.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • A little before day, they were all on the alert; it was the hour for Indian maraud.

  • maraud filled the glass, and, raising it to his lips, quaffed of the fairy cider.

  • Like pillagers of harvest, Their fame is far abroad, As gray remorseless troopers That plunder and maraud.

    Songs from Vagabondia Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey
  • And am I to go out, maraud, and take peoples horses with my hands all over grease, while you stand l—s—ng yourself there?

    Richelieu, v. 3/3 G. P. R. James
  • All have been “cached” in a cave among the rocks; there to remain till needed for some future maraud, or massacre.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • maraud seized upon one, but when he had cut it he perceived that it was made of hairs, and he threw it down in disgust.

British Dictionary definitions for maraud


to wander or raid in search of plunder
an archaic word for foray
Derived Forms
marauder, noun
Word Origin
C18: from French marauder to prowl, from maraud vagabond
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Word Origin and History for maraud

1690s, from French marauder (17c.), from Middle French maraud "rascal" (15c.), of unknown origin, perhaps from French dialectal maraud "tomcat," echoic of its cry. A word popularized in several languages during the Thirty Years War (cf. Spanish merodear, German marodiren "to maraud," marodebruder "straggler, deserter") by punning association with Count Mérode, imperialist general. Related: Marauded; marauding.

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