loot

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[ loot ]
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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

Nearby words

  1. loosestrife family,
  2. loosey-goosey,
  3. loosie,
  4. loosies,
  5. loosing,
  6. looter,
  7. looting,
  8. lop,
  9. lop nor,
  10. lop nur

Origin of loot

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1780–90; < Hindi lūṭ, akin to Sanskrit luṇṭhati (he) steals

SYNONYMS FOR loot
1. booty. 7. sack, ransack.

Related formsloot·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for looters'

loot

/ (luːt) /

noun

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

verb

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'

loot

n.

"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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