- 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 marauded
Not the valley alone had been marauded, but that “To-morrow,” and all it meant to her.Northern Lights
He sailed westward from thence to Valland and marauded there.
Not the valley alone had been marauded, but that "To-morrow," and all it meant to her.Northern Lights, Complete
They marauded the country in quest of horses and provisions.The Southern Soldier Boy</p>
James Carson Elliott
He sailed westward from thence to Valland, and marauded there.Heimskringla
- to wander or raid in search of plunder
- an archaic word for foray
Word Origin and History for marauded
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.