ma·​raud mə-ˈrȯd How to pronounce maraud (audio)
marauded; marauding; marauds

intransitive verb

: to roam about and raid in search of plunder
a marauding gang of thieves

transitive verb

: raid, pillage
Norsemen marauded the country.

Example Sentences

just for kicks, bored teenagers marauded neighborhood houses while their owners were away
Recent Examples on the Web As truly violent criminals maraud and run rampant through New York City, this DA exhibits zero interest in law-enforcement and prosecution. NBC News, 31 Dec. 2020 Consider the eerie parallels with the alien civilizations supposedly sending out unidentified flying objects that regularly maraud around our planet. Joe Queenan, WSJ, 24 June 2021 The bear population blossomed, and began to maraud the locals — at times with terrifying results. Reid Forgrave, Star Tribune, 25 Sep. 2020 These rebel gangs—viewed by the neighboring Egyptians as both a nuisance and a threat—maraud the nearby villages. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, 22 June 2020 But the herd has defied all social distancing orders, marauding into the seaside town of Llandudno in North Wales several times in the past week. Fox News, 1 Apr. 2020 Shortly after noon on Thursday, Dayna Polehanki, a Michigan state senator, was confronted by armed protesters marauding through the capitol, in Lansing, and demanding an end to the coronavirus lockdown. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, 2 May 2020 On Saturday summer evenings, my dad, brother, cousins, Uncle Hans, and I spent countless hours there plinking at marauding rats. Gerry Bethge, Outdoor Life, 21 Apr. 2020 Most of the people sharing photos of domineering goats and marauding boars are not expressing a latent death wish. Amanda Hess, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History


French marauder

First Known Use

1684, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of maraud was in 1684

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Cite this Entry

“Maraud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


ma·​raud mə-ˈrȯd How to pronounce maraud (audio)
: to roam about and raid in search of things to steal
marauder noun

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