verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to take loot; plunder: The conquerors looted and robbed.

Origin of loot

1780–90; < Hindi lūṭ, akin to Sanskrit luṇṭhati (he) steals
Related formsloot·er, noun

Synonyms for loot

1. booty. 7. sack, ransack.
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Contemporary Examples of looter

Historical Examples of looter

  • Dworn didn't linger to learn its reaction at spying a looter.

    World of the Drone

    Robert Abernathy

  • It's barely possible some looter may be prowling in the house.

    The Hosts of the Air

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • The looter goes in for himself alone without considerin' his organization or his city.

    Plunkitt of Tammany Hall

    George Washington Plunkitt

  • A strong military line was then drawn around the district, and this last resource of the looter came to an end.

  • During the Civil War the word acquired the special meaning of looter.

    The American Language

    Henry L. Mencken

British Dictionary definitions for looter



goods stolen during pillaging, as in wartime, during riots, etc
goods, money, etc, obtained illegally
informal money or wealth
the act of looting or plundering


to pillage (a city, settlement, etc) during war or riots
to steal (money or goods), esp during pillaging
Derived Formslooter, noun

Word Origin for loot

C19: from Hindi lūt
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Word Origin and History for looter

1858, agent noun from loot (v.).



"goods taken from an enemy, etc.," 1788, Anglo-Indian, from Hindi lut, from Sanskrit loptram, lotram "booty, stolen property," from PIE *roup-tro-, from root *reup- "to snatch" (see rip (v.)). The verb is first attested 1821, from the noun. Related: Looted; looting.

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