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.



verb Scot.

simple past tense of let1.
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Examples from the Web for looting

Contemporary Examples of looting

Historical Examples of looting

  • He's in it, just as much as if he'd got a thousand men behind him, all looting territory.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • 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 looting went on persistently and on a scale almost unthinkable.

British Dictionary definitions for looting



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 looting

1842, verbal 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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