- a person who goes about in search of plunder; pirate; buccaneer.
Origin of freebooter
Examples from the Web for freebooter
It was nothing—only the quip of a witty fellow, descendant of a Spanish freebooter.The Manxman
Nor was the freebooter's conversation more in accord with his surroundings.Red Cap Tales
Samuel Rutherford Crockett
True, the law said it was his, but the law did not mean to reward the freebooter; yet that is exactly what it did.Cavanagh: Forest Ranger
He was a freebooter with most of the virtues and vices of his kind.Laramie Holds the Range
Frank H. Spearman
He had the Viking spirit, and he burnt with a freebooter's passion for the sea.Sir Walter Ralegh
- a person, such as a pirate, living from plunder
- informal a person, esp an itinerant, who seeks pleasure, wealth, etc, without responsibility
Word Origin and History 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.