engaged in raiding for plunder, especially roaming about and ravaging an area: marauding bands of outlaws.
undertaken for plunder: a marauding raid.

Origin of marauding

First recorded in 1745–55; maraud + -ing2



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

Related Words for marauding

forage, ravage, despoil, harass, sack, foray, harry, raid, loot, ransack

Examples from the Web for marauding

Contemporary Examples of marauding

Historical Examples of marauding

  • Marauding bands were wandering every where, and no man dwelt in safety.

    King Philip

    John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott

  • They simply could not say a word, for marauding was punishable with death.

    War from the Inside

    Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock

  • This precaution was taken to protect the cache from marauding animals.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf

    Dillon Wallace

  • And do you call this midnight assembly of marauding savages a review?

  • Is he flesh and blood, and responsible for the marauding thefts in the neighborhood?


    Eliot H. Robinson

British Dictionary definitions for marauding



wandering or raiding in search of plunder or victims



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 marauding



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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