Burglars and pirates handle a lot of loot — otherwise known as stolen money or goods.

One bank robber might say to the other, "You watch the customers! I'm going after the loot!" Loot most often means money, especially the kind of money you didn't get legally. Loot is right up there with booty and swag in the family of words for stolen or pillaged things. When used as a verb, loot refers to the act of stealing, like when an angry mob loots the local grocery store during a riot.

Definitions of loot

n goods or money obtained illegally

booty, dirty money, pillage, plunder, prize, swag
Type of:
stolen property
property that has been stolen

n informal terms for money

boodle, bread, cabbage, clams, dinero, dough, gelt, kale, lettuce, lolly, lucre, moolah, pelf, scratch, shekels, simoleons, sugar, wampum
Type of:
the most common medium of exchange; functions as legal tender

v steal goods; take as spoils

“During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners”
despoil, foray, pillage, plunder, ransack, reave, rifle, strip
deplume, displume
strip of honors, possessions, or attributes
Type of:
take by force

v take illegally; of intellectual property

Type of:
take without the owner's consent

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