from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Plunder taken from an enemy in time of war.
  • n. Goods or property seized by force or piracy.
  • n. A valuable prize, award, or gain.
  • n. Slang The buttocks.
  • n. Vulgar Slang The vulva or vagina.
  • n. Vulgar Slang Sexual intercourse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A form of prize which, when a ship was captured at sea, could be distributed at once.
  • n. Plunder taken from an enemy in time of war, or seized by piracy.
  • n. The buttocks, usually that of a female.
  • n. A woman, considered as sexual partner or sex object.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which is seized by violence or obtained by robbery, especially collective spoil taken in war; plunder; pillage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Spoil taken from an enemy in war; plunder; pillage.
  • n. That which is seized by violence and robbery.
  • n. A prize; gain: without reference to its being taken by force.
  • n. Synonyms Plunder, etc. See pillage, n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. goods or money obtained illegally


Middle English botye (influenced by bote, advantage; see boot2), probably from Middle Low German būte, exchange.
African American Vernacular English, from obsolete Black English booty, body, perhaps alteration of body.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French butin ("booty") (Wiktionary)
From butt (Wiktionary)



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  • From the police blotter of the SLO (San Luis Obispo, CA) City News, March 10-16 2011:

    "Theft: Police were called at 5:17 P.M. to the 700 block of Higuera St. at Fanny Wrappers Lingerie shop for a reported shoplifting. No word on the booty that was pinched."

    March 18, 2011

  • cf. junk in the trunk, an inverse metaphor of the original booty

    September 25, 2009

  • How came she (thought I at the instant) by all this penetration? My devil surely does not play me booty. If I thought he did, I would marry and live honest, to be even with him.

    Lovelace to Belford, Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

    December 11, 2007

  • Also: to play (someone) booty: to act falsely (against someone) for gain.

    December 11, 2007

  • "professor, what's another word for pirate treasure?"

    September 24, 2007

  • "plunder, gain, profit," c.1439, from O.Fr. butin "booty," from M.L.G. bute "exchange;" infl. in form and sense by boot (2). Meaning "female body considered as a sex object" is 1920s, black slang.

    July 17, 2007

  • Shake it till you break it. ;-)

    July 17, 2007

  • Shake shake shake.
    Shake shake shake.
    Shake your booty.

    July 17, 2007

  • "He heaves his booty, tugs askew his peaked cap and hobbles off mutely."
    Joyce, Ulysses, 15

    January 28, 2007

  • booty: behind, butt, posterior, etc.

    December 10, 2006