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 looters

Historical Examples of looters

  • There was a mad scramble as the looters raced for their ship.

    This One Problem

    M. C. Pease

  • In a few years the treasure will be exhausted, and the looters will depart.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • That was what the women called it, and the name stuck and killed the looters.

  • I will see to it that my men guard this house from the looters till then.

  • G, were stored somewhere in Fairfax and to be left there as prey for looters.

    Company G

    A. R. (Albert Rowe) Barlow

British Dictionary definitions for looters



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 looters



"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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