- to take something from (someone) by unlawful force or threat of violence; steal from.
- to deprive (someone) of some right or something legally due: They robbed her of her inheritance.
- to plunder or rifle (a house, shop, etc.).
- to deprive of something unjustly or injuriously: The team was robbed of a home run hitter when the umpire called it a foul ball. The shock robbed him of his speech.
- Mining. to remove ore or coal from (a pillar).
- to commit or practice robbery.
- rob Peter to pay Paul, to take something from one person or thing to pay one's debt or hypothetical debt to another, as to sacrifice one's health by overworking.
Origin of rob
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Examples from the Web for robbed
He was beaten and robbed when sent to tour Europe, after which he made his way back to England.The True Story of ‘The Elephant Man’
November 3, 2014
Some people were chased; some robbed; two men were beaten unconscious.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
Pacino—Dad called him “Al”—played Sonny, a desperate guy who robbed a bank in Brooklyn.Almost Famous: A Father's Day Story
June 15, 2014
Only then will we find a therapeutic solution that fully restores autonomy to those who have been robbed of independence.Electric Stimulation and Rigorous Physical Therapy Show Promise for Paralysis Patients
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
April 10, 2014
And so the serially unpopular Hollande was robbed of a rare break from public opprobrium.New Phone-Tapping Scandal Plagues Sarkozy
March 14, 2014
Well, if all they say is true, the villain has robbed one of his own best friends.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
How, Mr. Tilden, how far is it to the cross-roads where the mail-carrier says he was robbed?The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
There had been a conspiracy against him; he was outwitted, robbed, befooled.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
I did not think I was robbed; because the money, when we came to calculate, was all right.Night and Morning, Complete
My husband once employed this Von Holzen, and was, I believe, robbed by him.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
- (tr) to take something from (someone) illegally, as by force or threat of violence
- to plunder (a house, shop, etc)
- (tr) to deprive unjustlyto be robbed of an opportunity
Word Origin and History for robbed
late 12c., from Old French rober "rob, steal, pillage, ransack, rape," from West Germanic *rauba "booty" (cf. Old High German roubon "to rob," roub "spoil, plunder;" Old English reafian, source of the reave in bereave), from Proto-Germanic *raubon "to rob," from PIE *reup-, *reub- "to snatch" (see rip (v.)).
Lord, hou schulde God approve þat þou robbe Petur, and gif þis robbere to Poule in þe name of Crist? [Wyclif, c.1380]
To rob the cradle is attested from 1864 in reference to drafting young men in the American Civil War; by 1949 in reference to seductions or romantic relationships with younger persons. Related: Robbed; robbing.