- 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 *lÅta, from Old Frankish *lÅtija (“scoop, ladle"), from Proto-Germanic *hlÅÃ¾Ã¾ijÅ (“ladle"), from Proto-Indo-European *klehâ‚‚- (“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 lÅte (“rake"), French louche ("ladle"; < Germanic). Related to lade, ladle.
(third-person singular simple present loots, present participle looting, simple past and past participle looted)
Attested 1788, a loan from Hindustani à¤²à¥‚à¤Ÿ/Ù„ÙˆÙ¹ (lÅ«á¹, “spoil, booty"), from Sanskrit à¤²à¥à¤£à¥à¤Ÿ (luá¹‡á¹, “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