[ muh-raw-ding ]
/ məˈrɔ dɪŋ /


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

Definition for marauding (2 of 2)


[ muh-rawd ]
/ məˈrɔd /

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 forms

ma·raud·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for marauding (1 of 2)


/ (məˈrɔːdɪŋ) /


wandering or raiding in search of plunder or victims

British Dictionary definitions for marauding (2 of 2)


/ (məˈrɔːd) /


to wander or raid in search of plunder


an archaic word for foray

Derived Forms

marauder, noun

Word Origin for maraud

C18: from French marauder to prowl, from maraud vagabond
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