Loot Definition

lo͝ot
looted, looting, loots
noun
loots
Goods stolen or taken by force, as from a captured enemy city in wartime or by rioters or a corrupt official; plunder, spoils, etc.
Webster's New World
Valuables pillaged in time of war; spoils.
American Heritage
Stolen goods or money.
American Heritage
The act of looting.
Webster's New World
Money.
Webster's New World
Advertisement
verb
looted, looting, 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.
American Heritage
To plunder; strip of valuables; despoil.
Webster's New World
To engage in plundering or burglary, as during a riot or natural disaster.
Webster's New World
To take or carry off as plunder.
Webster's New World
To take goods by force or through lawless behavior.
American Heritage
Antonyms:
Advertisement

Origin of Loot

  • 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 *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 lōte (“rake"), French louche ("ladle"; < Germanic). Related to lade, ladle.

    From Wiktionary

  • Attested 1788, a loan from Hindustani लूट/لوٹ (lÅ«á¹­, “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".

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

    From Wiktionary

  • Hindi lūṭ from Sanskrit loptram, lotram plunder reup- in Indo-European roots

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

Advertisement

Find Similar Words

Find similar words to loot using the buttons below.

Words Starting With

Words Ending With

Unscrambles

loot