maroon

2
[muh-roon]
verb (used with object)
  1. to put ashore and abandon on a desolate island or coast by way of punishment or the like, as was done by buccaneers.
  2. to place in an isolated and often dangerous position: The rising floodwaters marooned us on top of the house.
  3. to abandon and leave without aid or resources: Having lost all his money, he was marooned in the strange city.
noun
  1. (often initial capital letter) any of a group of blacks, descended from fugitive slaves of the 17th and 18th centuries, living in the West Indies and Guiana, especially in mountainous areas.
  2. a person who is marooned: Robinson Crusoe lived for years as a maroon.

Origin of maroon

2
1660–70; < French mar(r)on, apparently < American Spanish cimarrón wild (see cimarron); first used in reference to domestic animals that escaped into the woods, later to fugitive slaves
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Related Words for marooning

isolate, strand, leave, beach, desert, forsake

Examples from the Web for marooning

Historical Examples of marooning

  • To desert the ship or their quarters in battle, was punished with death or marooning.

  • Now it lay astern, and Moran could see the planet that had been chosen for his marooning.

    Planet of Dread

    Murray Leinster

  • It was by my instructions that Goff didn't appear in the marooning mix-up.

    Pirates' Hope

    Francis Lynde

  • First of all upon the list of pirates stands the bold Captain Avary, one of the institutors of marooning.

  • Ducking from the bowsprit end, towing in a rope astern, and marooning, were also practised as punishments for the pilferer.

    On the Spanish Main

    John Masefield


British Dictionary definitions for marooning

maroon

1
verb (tr)
  1. to leave ashore and abandon, esp on an island
  2. to isolate without resources
noun
  1. a descendant of a group of runaway slaves living in the remoter areas of the Caribbean or Guyana
  2. US and Canadian informal a person who has been marooned, esp on an island

Word Origin for maroon

C17 (applied to fugitive slaves): from American Spanish cimarrón wild, literally: dwelling on peaks, from Spanish cima summit

maroon

2
noun
    1. a dark red to purplish-red colour
    2. (as adjective)a maroon carpet
  1. an exploding firework, esp one used as a warning signal

Word Origin for maroon

C18: from French, literally: chestnut, marron 1
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Word Origin and History for marooning

maroon

n.

"very dark reddish-brown color," 1791, from French couleur marron, the color of a marron "chestnut," the large sweet chestnut of southern Europe (maroon in that sense was used in English from 1590s), from dialect of Lyons, ultimately from a word in a pre-Roman language, perhaps Ligurian; or from Greek maraon "sweet chestnut."

maroon

v.

"put ashore on a desolate island or coast," 1724 (implied in marooning), earlier "to be lost in the wild" (1690s); from maron (n.) "fugitive black slave in the jungles of W.Indies and Dutch Guyana" (1660s), earlier symeron (1620s), from French marron, said to be a corruption of Spanish cimmaron "wild, untamed," from Old Spanish cimarra "thicket," probably from cima "summit, top" (from Latin cyma "sprout"), with a notion of living wild in the mountains. Related: Marooned.

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