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

  • intransitive v. To rove and raid in search of plunder.
  • transitive v. To raid or pillage for spoils.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To move about in roving fashion looking for plunder.
  • v. To raid and pillage.
  • v. To act aggressively.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An excursion for plundering.
  • intransitive v. To rove in quest of plunder; to make an excursion for booty; to plunder.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To rove in quest of plunder; make an excursion for booty; go about for robbery: used especially of the despoiling action of soldiers in time of war, or of organized bands of robbers or pirates.
  • n. Spoliation by marauders.

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

  • n. a sudden short attack
  • v. raid and rove in search of booty


French marauder, from maraud, tomcat, vagabond.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1690, from French marauder, derivative of maraud ("rogue, vagabond"), from Middle French maraud ("rascal"), from Old French marault ("beggar, vagabond"), from marir, marrir ("to trouble, stray, lose ones way, be lost"), from Frankish *marrjan (“to neglect, hinder”), from Proto-Germanic *marzijanan (“to neglect, hinder, spoil”), from Proto-Indo-European *mers- (“to trouble, confuse, ignore, forget”), + Old French suffix -ault, -aud. Cognate with Old High German marrjan, marren ("to obstruct, hinder"), Old Saxon merrian ("to hinder, waste"), Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐍂𐌶𐌾𐌰𐌽 (marzjan, "to offend"). Related to mar. (Wiktionary)



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