Loot vs Pilfering - What's the difference?
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
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
From (etyl) loet, loete .
A kind of scoop or ladle, chiefly used to remove the scum from brine-pans in saltworks.
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
The act of plundering.
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,
- the loot of an ancient city
(video games) Items dropped from defeated enemies in video games and online games.
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,
(video games) to examine the corpse of a fallen enemy for loot.
The act by which something is pilfered; a petty theft.