- 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 marauder
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
Did it have a victim in its jaws or had some marauder stolen it?Darry the Life Saver
Frank V. Webster
No marauder appeared, yet in the morning he found that a new section had been visited.Followers of the Trail
Thou comest with stealthy tread, like the midnight marauder.Erling the Bold
For two or three mornings after that the milk was not visited by the marauder.The Biography of a Prairie Girl
Their wings cuffed the marauder's head in a fashion that confused him.The Watchers of the Trails
Charles G. D. Roberts
- to wander or raid in search of plunder
- an archaic word for foray
Word Origin and History for marauder
1690s, agent noun from maraud (v.).
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.