Origin of freebooter
Examples from the Web for freebooter
Historical Examples of freebooter
You shall hear in good time, answered the freebooter, growing somewhat more familiar in his tone.Richelieu, v. 1/3
G. P. R. James
The Sultan of Lahidge, its owner, was indeed little better than a freebooter.
Drake was an Englishman and a freebooter, who had no love for the saints.In the Footprints of the Padres
Charles Warren Stoddard
But is he not more of a freebooter and feathered bandit,—in short, a prowling thief generally?Due South or Cuba Past and Present
Maturin M. Ballou
He has only to say what it is, and there is no commodity I think a freebooter would covet less.The Works of William Cowper
Word Origin for freebooter
1560s, loan-translation of Dutch vrijbuiter "plunderer, robber," from vrijbuiten "to rob, plunder," from vrijbuit "plunder," literally "free booty," from vrij "free" + buit "booty," from buiten "to exchange or plunder," from Middle Dutch buten, related to Middle Low German bute "exchange" (see booty). Cf. filibuster. The back-formed verb freeboot is recorded from 1590s.