- 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.
To take goods by force or through lawless behavior.
Origin of loot
Hindi lū&tlowdot; from
Sanskrit loptram, lotram plunder
; see reup-
in Indo-European roots.
- (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) A kind of scoop or ladle, chiefly used to remove the scum from brine-pans in saltworks.
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.
- 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
- (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.
- (video games) to examine the corpse of a fallen enemy for loot.
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