Definition of loot in English:

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Pronunciation: /lo͞ot/


1Goods, especially private property, taken from an enemy in war.
Example sentences
  • This way you're able to survive and get a variety of loot off enemy ships.
  • The Simon Wiesenthal Centre, which traces Nazi loot, has asked the Art Minister to investigate the Collection's provenance for any connection to the Nazis.
  • A spokesman said that nothing had been found so far to substantiate the allegations of Nazi loot being in the collection, and there was also an obligation on those who were making the claims to provide sufficient evidence in support of them.
1.1Stolen money or valuables: two men wearing stocking masks, each swinging a bag of loot
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  • Mystery surrounds a valuable haul of stolen loot discovered by a dog walker.
  • He relates the story of a heist gone wrong as a gang begins to suspect each other after their loot is stolen.
  • The heroic 64-year-old was blasted in the stomach at point blank range when he tried to stop two armed robbers escaping with their loot.
booty, spoils, plunder, stolen goods, contraband, pillage
informal swag, hot goods, ill-gotten gains, take
1.2 informal Money; wealth: the thief made off with $5 million in loot
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  • Relax, some of the loot was Christmas presents.
  • The first contestant to solve all the clues will get the loot.
  • Congratulations on the weight loss and congratulations on the loot.


[with object]
1Steal goods from (a place), typically during a war or riot: police confronted the rioters who were looting shops
More example sentences
  • Police and fire service forensics teams picked through the wreckage of a torched car showroom housing 70 cars and a hardware shop which was looted for axes and saws in some of the worst street violence in Britain for years.
  • Property and even human beings were randomly set on fire and shops looted during the violence.
  • Housing estates have been burnt down, schools ransacked, shops looted.
plunder, pillage, despoil, ransack, sack, raid, rifle, rob, burgle, burglarize
1.1Steal (goods) in a war, riot, etc. tons of food aid awaiting distribution had been looted



Pronunciation: /ˈlo͞odər/
Example sentences
  • Too often those efforts have been thwarted by criminals and looters - literally stealing copper cable from power lines.
  • Hospitals, struggling to care for casualties, have been hit by looters stealing equipment, medicines and even beds.
  • In other districts, vigilantes set up roadblocks and patrolled neighbourhoods to deter thieves and looters.


Early 19th century (as a verb): from Hindi lūṭ, from Sanskrit luṇṭh- 'rob'.

  • Like thug, the word loot has its origins in the experience of the British in India. Soldiers picked it up for ‘valuables plundered from an enemy’ from their Hindi-speaking counterparts—it goes back to a word meaning ‘to rob’ in Sanskrit, the ancient language of northern India. The slang sense ‘money’ developed in the 1940s.

Words that rhyme with loot

acute, argute, astute, beaut, Beirut, boot, bruit, brut, brute, Bute, butte, Canute, cheroot, chute, commute, compute, confute, coot, cute, depute, dilute, dispute, flute, galoot, hoot, impute, jute, lute, minute, moot, newt, outshoot, permute, pollute, pursuit, recruit, refute, repute, route, salute, Salyut, scoot, shoot, Shute, sloot, snoot, subacute, suit, telecommute, Tonton Macoute, toot, transmute, undershoot, uproot, Ute, volute

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