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[free-boo-ter] /ˈfriˌbu tər/

a person who goes about in search of plunder; pirate; buccaneer.
a person, such as a pirate, living from plunder
(informal) a person, esp an itinerant, who seeks pleasure, wealth, etc, without responsibility

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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    [free-boo-tee] /ˈfriˌbu ti/ noun, Obsolete. 1. plunder; loot; spoils.

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    [free-bawrn] /ˈfriˌbɔrn/ adjective 1. born free, rather than in slavery, bondage, or vassalage. 2. pertaining to or befitting persons born free. /ˈfriːˌbɔːn/ adjective 1. not born in slavery 2. of, relating to, or suitable for people not born in slavery

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