from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person who pillages and plunders, especially a pirate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An adventurer who pillages, plunders or wages ad-hoc war on other nations.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who plunders or pillages without the authority of national warfare; a member of a predatory band; a pillager; a buccaneer; a sea robber.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who wanders about in search of plunder; a robber; a pillager; a plunderer.
- n. Synonyms Marauder, etc. See robber.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who takes spoils or plunder (as in war)
A certain Dutch freebooter, however, Simon Danzer by name, a native of Dordrecht, who had been alternately in the service of Spain,
Captain Thomas Randall, described as a freebooter of the seas, who commanded the "Fox," and sailed for years in and out of New Orleans, where he sold the proceeds of his voyages and captures.
The honest captain had caught this word from a recent treatise against agrarianism, and having an acquired taste for orders in one sense, at least, he flattered himself with being what is called a Conservative, in other words, he had a strong relish for that maxim of the Scotch freebooter, which is rendered into English by the comely aphorism of "keep what you've got, and get what you can."
However he had been driven to consort with outlaws, and to live a kind of freebooter's life, his natural sweetness was unspoiled, and was reinforced by solemn veneration for the sanctity of the Lord's anointing, which he reverenced all the more because himself had received it.
It enters, for instance, with grave humour into the strong distinction taken in the debatable land between a "freebooter" and a "thief," and the difficulty which the inland counties had in grasping it, and paints for us, with great vivacity, the various Border superstitions.
The French adventurers, however, seem always to have restricted the word "boucanier" to its proper signification, that of a hunter and curer of meat; and when they developed into corsairs, by a curious contrast they adopted an English name and called themselves "filibustiers," which is merely the French sailor's way of pronouncing the English word "freebooter." [
a new scheme for holding up travellers for the purpose of robbery, and many of them evidently thought me a kind of freebooter, who ought to be suppressed by law.
As one former apple-selling "freebooter" put it, "Yeah, business is better now.
To-morrow I would be an oyster pirate, as free a freebooter as the century and the waters of San
So that thing before him was Big Ivan -- Big Ivan the giant, the man without nerves, the man of iron, the Cossack turned freebooter of the seas, who was as phlegmatic as an ox, with a nervous system so low that what was pain to ordinary men was scarcely