verb (used without object)

to roam or go around in quest of plunder; make a raid for booty: Freebooters were marauding all across the territory.

verb (used with object)

to raid for plunder (often used passively): At the war's end the country had been marauded by returning bands of soldiers.


Archaic. the act of marauding.

Origin of maraud

1705–15; < French marauder, derivative of maraud rogue, vagabond, Middle French, perhaps identical with dial. maraud tomcat, of expressive orig.
Related formsma·raud·er, noun

Synonyms for maraud Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for maraud

Historical Examples of maraud

  • That they are on the maraud is evidenced by the absence of tents.

    The Lone Ranche

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • A little before day, they were all on the alert; it was the hour for Indian maraud.

  • Maraud filled the glass, and, raising it to his lips, quaffed of the fairy cider.

  • Like pillagers of harvest, Their fame is far abroad, As gray remorseless troopers That plunder and maraud.

    Songs from Vagabondia

    Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey

  • And am I to go out, Maraud, and take peoples horses with my hands all over grease, while you stand l—s—ng yourself there?

    Richelieu, v. 3/3

    G. P. R. James

British Dictionary definitions for maraud



to wander or raid in search of plunder


an archaic word for foray
Derived Formsmarauder, noun

Word Origin for maraud

C18: from French marauder to prowl, from maraud vagabond
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Word Origin and History for maraud

1690s, from French marauder (17c.), from Middle French maraud "rascal" (15c.), of unknown origin, perhaps from French dialectal maraud "tomcat," echoic of its cry. A word popularized in several languages during the Thirty Years War (cf. Spanish merodear, German marodiren "to maraud," marodebruder "straggler, deserter") by punning association with Count Mérode, imperialist general. Related: Marauded; marauding.

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