Loot vs Pilfering - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between loot and pilfering

is that loot is a kind of scoop or ladle, chiefly used to remove the scum from brine-pans in saltworks or loot can be the act of plundering while pilfering is the act by which something is pilfered; a petty theft.

As verbs the difference between loot and pilfering

is that loot is to steal, especially as part of war, riot or other group violence while pilfering is .

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loot

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl) loet, loete .

Alternative forms

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Noun

(en noun)
  • A kind of scoop or ladle, chiefly used to remove the scum from brine-pans in saltworks.
  • Etymology 2

    Attested 1788, a loan from Hindustani . The verb is from 1842. Fallows (1885) records both the noun and the verb as "Recent. Anglo-Indian". In origin only applicable to plundering in warfare. A figurative meaning developed in American English in the 1920s, resulting in a generalized meaning by the 1950s

    Noun

    (-)
  • The act of plundering.
  • the loot of an ancient city
  • plunder, booty, especially from a ransacked city.
  • (colloquial, US) any prize or profit received for free, especially Christmas presents
  • *1956 "Free Loot for Children" (LIFE Magazine, 23 April 1956, p. 131)
  • (video games) Items dropped from defeated enemies in video games and online games.
  • Synonyms
    * swag

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • to steal, especially as part of war, riot or other group violence.
  • *1833 "Gunganarian, the leader of the Chooars, continues his system of looting and murder", The asiatic Journal and monthly register for British India and its Dependencies Black, Parbury & Allen, p. 66.
  • (video games) to examine the corpse of a fallen enemy for loot.
  • Anagrams

    * *

    References

    *Samuel Fallows, The progressive dictionary of the English language: a supplementary wordbook to all leading dictionaries of the United States and Great Britain (1885). English terms derived from Hindi English terms derived from Urdu ----

    pilfering

    English

    Verb

    (head)
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • The act by which something is pilfered; a petty theft.