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noun, plural boo·ties.
  1. spoil taken from an enemy in war; plunder; pillage.
  2. something that is seized by violence and robbery.
  3. any prize or gain.
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Origin of booty1

1425–75; late Middle English botye, variant of buty < Middle Low German bute booty (originally a sharing of the spoils); cognate with Old Norse bȳti exchange, barter; oo of boot2
Related formsboo·ty·less, adjective
Can be confusedbootee bootie booty


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1–3. spoils, loot, gain, takings, winnings, swag.


noun plural boo·ties, boo·tys.
  1. Slang. the buttocks.
  2. Slang: Vulgar.
    1. the vulva and vagina.
    2. sexual intercourse.
    3. women regarded as sex objects.
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  1. shake one's booty, Slang.
    1. to swing the hips and buttocks from side to side.
    2. to dance with energy and enthusiasm.
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Also boo·dy [boo-dee, -tee] /ˈbu di, -ti/.

Origin of booty2

1925–30; < obsolete Black English, perhaps alteration of body
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noun plural -ties
  1. any valuable article or articles, esp when obtained as plunder
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French butin, from Middle Low German buite exchange; related to Old Norse býta to exchange, býti barter


  1. slang the buttocks
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Word Origin

C20: from butt 1 buttocks
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Word Origin and History for booty


"plunder, gain, profit," mid-15c., from Old French butin "booty" (14c.), from a Germanic source akin to Middle Low German bute "exchange." Influenced in form and sense by boot (n.2) and in form by nouns ending in -y. Meaning "female body considered as a sex object" is 1920s, black slang.

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