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booty

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noun boo·ty \ˈbü-tē\

Definition of booty

plural

booties

  1. 1 :  plunder taken (as in war); especially :  plunder taken on land as distinguished from prizes taken at sea

  2. 2 :  a rich gain or prize



Origin and Etymology of booty

modification of Middle French butin, from Middle Low German būte exchange


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of booty

spoil, plunder, booty, prize, loot mean something taken from another by force or craft. spoil, more commonly spoils, applies to what belongs by right or custom to the victor in war or political contest <the spoils of political victory>. plunder applies to what is taken not only in war but in robbery, banditry, grafting, or swindling <a bootlegger's plunder>. booty implies plunder to be shared among confederates <thieves dividing up their booty>. prize applies to spoils captured on the high seas or territorial waters of the enemy <the wartime right of seizing prizes at sea>. loot applies especially to what is taken from victims of a catastrophe <picked through the ruins for loot>.

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booty

noun boo·ty \ˈbü-tē\

Definition of booty

plural

booties

slang

  1. :  buttocks



Variants of booty

also

bootie

play \ˈbü-tē\

Origin and Etymology of booty

alteration of an English-based creole word, ultimately from Early Mod English *bottie buttocks, perhaps from 1bottom + -ie


First Known Use: 1928


BOOTY Defined for Kids

booty

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noun boo·ty \ˈbü-tē\

Definition of booty for Students

  1. 1 :  goods seized from an enemy in war or by robbery :  plunder

  2. 2 :  a valuable gain or prize





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