WORD OF THE DAY ~ Freebooter

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WORD OF THE DAY ~ Freebooter

The freebooters and the rebels captured the ship arriving at the port in the wee hours of the morning.

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Word Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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  1. This one got me curious so looked it up in the online etymology dictionary website. “1560s, loan-translation of Dutch vrijbuiter “plunderer, robber,” from vrijbuiten “to rob, plunder,” from vrijbuit “plunder,” literally “free booty,” from vrij “free” (from Proto-Germanic *frijaz, from PIE root *pri- “to love”) + buit “booty,” from buiten “to exchange or plunder,” from Middle Dutch buten, related to Middle Low German bute “exchange” (see booty).

    The English word, Danish fribytter, Swedish fribytare, and German Freibeuter were formed on the model of the Dutch word, which is the source of filibuster (q.v.). The back-formed verb freeboot is recorded from 1590s. Related: Freebooting; freebootery.”

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