- spoils or plunder taken by pillaging, as in war.
- anything taken by dishonesty, force, stealth, etc.: a burglar's loot.
- a collection of valued objects: The children shouted and laughed as they opened their Christmas loot.
- Slang. money: You'll have a fine time spending all that loot.
- act of looting or plundering: to take part in the loot of a conquered city.
- to carry off or take (something) as loot: to loot a nation's art treasures.
- to despoil by taking loot; plunder or pillage (a city, house, etc.), as in war.
- to rob, as by burglary or corrupt activity in public office: to loot the public treasury.
- to take loot; plunder: The conquerors looted and robbed.
Origin of loot1
1780–90; < Hindi lūṭ, akin to Sanskrit luṇṭhati (he) steals
SynonymsSee more synonyms for loot on Thesaurus.com
1. booty. 7. sack, ransack.
- simple past tense of let1.
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Examples from the Web for looting
But burning, rioting, and looting are disgraceful—and they make for real-life victims we somehow never hear about.
Rioting and looting ensued shortly after the verdict and racial tensions were tense across the United States for years to follow.
In January 1948, Spitz again fell under suspicion for his role in the looting of art in Europe during the war.On the Trail of Nazi Counterfeiters
Dr. Kevin C. Ruffner
September 20, 2014
NOTE: D'Souza's quote from Newsmax compared ISIS to 'what's going on in Furgeson,' and beheading to looting.Dinesh D’Souza: Ferguson Protesters Are Just Like ISIS
August 25, 2014
This reminded me of the street battles going on in Missouri and looting accusations.Bam! Pow! Bling! Hip-Hop's History Gets the Graphic Novel Treatment
August 25, 2014
He's in it, just as much as if he'd got a thousand men behind him, all looting territory.The Prisoner
The joints had been better barricaded, and the looting had been kept to a minimum.Police Your Planet
Lester del Rey
Over on the east coast, the outlaws are looting whole towns.The Cosmic Computer
Henry Beam Piper
The lusts of conquest, and of looting, and of combat, all contribute to this spirit of war.The Psychology of Nations
The looting went on persistently and on a scale almost unthinkable.A History of the United States
- 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
C19: from Hindi lūt
Word Origin and History for looting
1842, verbal noun from loot (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper