freebooter

freebooter

[free-boo-ter]
noun
a person who goes about in search of plunder; pirate; buccaneer.

Origin:
1560–70; Anglicization of Dutch vrijbuiter, equivalent to vrij free + buit booty + -er -er1

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freebooter (ˈfriːˌbuːtə)
 
n
1.  a person, such as a pirate, living from plunder
2.  informal a person, esp an itinerant, who seeks pleasure, wealth, etc, without responsibility
 
[C16: from Dutch vrijbuiter, from vrijbuit booty; see filibuster]

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freebooter
1570, from Du. vrijbuiter, from vrijbuiten "to rob, plunder," from vrijbuit "plunder," lit. "free booty," from vrij "free" + buit "booty," from buiten "to exchange or plunder," from M.Du. buten.
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