freebooter

noun
free·boo·ter | \ˈfrē-ˌbü-tər \

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freeboot \ˈfrē-ˌbüt \ intransitive verb

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Synonyms

buccaneer, corsair, pirate, rover

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Examples of freebooter in a Sentence

the ship was captured by freebooters who were looking for gold

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Mr. Bugaev is a dedicated, if largely sedentary, Cossack, a centuries-old fraternity of Slavic warriors, freebooters and freedom-loving rebels. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "Russia Looks to Populate Its Far East. Wimps Need Not Apply.," 14 July 2016 The window of opportunity for freebooters to loom large has closed. Steve Kettmann, WIRED, "Review: Drudge, as in Sludge," 2 Nov. 2000

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First Known Use of freebooter

1570, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for freebooter

by folk etymology from Dutch vrijbuiter, from vrijbuit plunder, from vrij free + buit booty

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