Freebooter meaning

frēbo͝otər
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A person who pillages and plunders, especially a pirate.
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A plunderer; specif., a pirate.
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An adventurer who pillages, plunders or wages ad-hoc war on other nations.
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Origin of freebooter

  • Dutch vrijbuiter from vrijbuit plunder vrij free prī- in Indo-European roots buit booty (from Middle Dutch būte) (of Middle Low German origin)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Calque of Dutch vrijbuiter (literally “free booty-er”), from vrij (“free”) + buit (“booty”) + -er (“agent”), whence also filibuster.

    From Wiktionary