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freebooter

[free-boo-ter] /ˈfriˌbu tər/
noun
1.
a person who goes about in search of plunder; pirate; buccaneer.
Origin of freebooter
1560-1570
1560-70; Anglicization of Dutch vrijbuiter, equivalent to vrij free + buit booty + -er -er1
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  • A sudden sense of liking--almost of love--sprang up in his heart towards this freebooter.

    Tom Tufton's Travels Evelyn Everett-Green
  • It was nothing—only the quip of a witty fellow, descendant of a Spanish freebooter.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • They were placed among pagans, whose occupations were divided between those of the shepherd and the freebooter.

  • Nor was the freebooter's conversation more in accord with his surroundings.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • They thought that his purpose was merely that of a freebooter.

    By-Ways of War James Jeffrey Roche
  • True, the law said it was his, but the law did not mean to reward the freebooter; yet that is exactly what it did.

    Cavanagh: Forest Ranger Hamlin Garland
  • Bill Saxby scolded the buccaneer for his careless speech but the old man had been a freebooter too long to be easily tamed.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
  • He was a freebooter with most of the virtues and vices of his kind.

    Laramie Holds the Range Frank H. Spearman
  • On his return one of his vessels was captured by the Dutch freebooter Spillberg.

    The Colonization of North America Herbert Eugene Bolton
  • He had the Viking spirit, and he burnt with a freebooter's passion for the sea.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
British Dictionary definitions for freebooter

freebooter

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

1560s, loan-translation of Dutch vrijbuiter "plunderer, robber," from vrijbuiten "to rob, plunder," from vrijbuit "plunder," literally "free booty," from vrij "free" + buit "booty," from buiten "to exchange or plunder," from Middle Dutch buten, related to Middle Low German bute "exchange" (see booty). Cf. filibuster. The back-formed verb freeboot is recorded from 1590s.

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