- to roam or go around in quest of plunder; make a raid for booty: Freebooters were marauding all across the territory.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for maraud
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.The Adventures of Captain Bonneville
Maraud filled the glass, and, raising it to his lips, quaffed of the fairy cider.Legends & Romances of Brittany
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
- to wander or raid in search of plunder
- an archaic word for foray
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.