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booty

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noun boo·ty \ ˈbü-tē \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of booty

plural booties
1 :plunder taken (as in war); especially :plunder taken on land as distinguished from prizes taken at sea
2 :a rich gain or prize

Origin and Etymology of booty

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

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

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noun \ ˈbü-tē \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of booty

plural booties
slang

Origin and Etymology of booty

alteration of an English-based creole word, ultimately from Early Modern English *bottie "buttocks," perhaps from 1bott(om) + -ie


BOOTY Defined for Kids

booty

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noun boo·ty \ ˈbü-tē \

Definition of booty for Students

1 :goods seized from an enemy in war or by robbery :plunder
2 :a valuable gain or prize


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