maraud

As a verb maraud means to rove about the countryside looking for goods to steal and in general, to make mayhem and trouble. The Gilbert and Sullivan opera "The Pirates of Penzance" is about a band of marauding pirates, the daughters of Major-General Stanley, and a big misunderstanding.

The word maraud comes from a Middle French word that means "rascal or rogue." A marauder is someone who marauds and marauding describes people who raid and plunder. As a noun, a maraud is a quick, short foray. As a teenager, you may have participated in a midnight maraud to festoon your friend's house with toilet paper or capture the mascot of your rival sports team.

Definitions of maraud
  1. verb
    raid and rove in search of plunder
    “maraudi ng rebels overran the countryside”
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    type of:
    foray into, raid
    enter someone else's territory and take spoils
  2. noun
    a sudden short attack
    synonyms: foray, raid
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    types:
    air attack, air raid
    an attack by armed planes on a surface target
    swoop
    a very rapid raid
    type of:
    incursion, penetration
    an attack that penetrates into enemy territory
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