- The definition of loot is stolen money or goods.
An example of loot is a television and jewelry robbed from a house.
- Loot is defined as to take or steal by force.
An example of loot is breaking into a liquor store during a riot and taking a bunch of alcohol.
- goods stolen or taken by force, as from a captured enemy city in wartime or by a corrupt official or by rioters; plunder; spoils
- the act of looting
- items of value; esp., gifts received
Origin of lootHindi lūt ; from Sanskrit luṇṭ, to rob
- to plunder; strip of everything valuable; despoil
- to take or carry off as plunder; steal
- Valuables pillaged in time of war; spoils.
- Stolen goods or money.
- Informal Things of value, such as gifts, received.
- Slang Money.
verbloot·ed, loot·ing, loots
- To take goods from (a place) by force or without right, especially in time of war or lawlessness; plunder: The rebels looted the city. Rioters looted the downtown stores.
- To take by force or without right; steal: broke into the tomb and looted the grave goods.
Origin of lootHindi lū&tlowdot;, from Sanskrit loptram, lotram, plunder; see reup- in Indo-European roots.
From Middle Dutch loet, loete ("scoop, shovel, scraper"; > Modern Dutch loet), from Old Dutch *lōta, from Old Frankish *lōtija (“scoop, ladle”), from Proto-Germanic *hlōþþijō (“ladle”), from Proto-Indo-European *kleh₂- (“to lay down, deposit, overlay”), from Proto-Indo-European *kel- (“to push, propel, drive”). Cognate with Scots lute, luyt (“scoop, ladle”), West Frisian loete, lete, Middle Low German lōte (“rake”), French louche ("ladle"; < Germanic). Related to lade, ladle.
- The act of plundering.
- the loot of an ancient city
- plunder, booty, especially from a ransacked city.
- (colloquial, US) any prize or profit received for free, especially Christmas presents
- 1956 "Free Loot for Children" (LIFE Magazine, 23 April 1956, p. 131)
- (video games) Items dropped from defeated enemies in video games and online games.
(third-person singular simple present loots, present participle looting, simple past and past participle looted)
- to steal, especially as part of war, riot or other group violence.
- 1833 "Gunganarian, the leader of the Chooars, continues his system of looting and murder", The asiatic Journal and monthly register for British India and its Dependencies Black, Parbury & Allen, p. 66.
- (video games) to examine the corpse of a fallen enemy for loot.
Attested 1788, a loan from Hindustani लूट/لوٹ (lūṭ, “spoil, booty”), from Sanskrit लुण्ट (luṇṭ, “to rob, plunder”). The verb is from 1842. Fallows (1885) records both the noun and the verb as "Recent. Anglo-Indian".
In origin only applicable to plundering in warfare. A figurative meaning developed in American English in the 1920s, resulting in a generalized meaning by the 1950s