Main definitions of booty in English

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booty1

noun

  • 1[mass noun] Valuable stolen goods, especially those seized in war.

    • ‘He needed to make his mark, especially by seizing booty—gold, perhaps silver, slaves, and land.’
    • ‘The drawer from which he had taken his only booty from the raid was locked now.’
    • ‘The Association had been carrying a valuable cargo of coin and booty from several of the battles, as well as cannon and valuable personal effects, so several salvage attempts were made over the next few years.’
    • ‘Harry talks about the excise men being bamboozled by coffins being carried up the hill and across the moors containing, of course, smuggled booty rather than bodies.’
    • ‘Gameplay all boils down to getting your pirate islanders to make you a ton of golden booty while building a flourishing tropical island that can be used for your pirate base.’
    • ‘David's treasury was filled with booty from his conquests; Solomon's with tribute payments and the profits from burgeoning international trade.’
    • ‘Undefended Buddhist monasteries, often containing valuable treasures, proved irresistible targets to raiders bent on booty in the name of holy war.’
    • ‘The Queen's interest in the booty that could be seized from Spanish galleons was not simply greed but necessity.’
    • ‘We danced down the craggy coast and ducked into Robin Hood's Bay, the former home to gangs of marauding smugglers who would steal booty from ships wrecked on the treacherous offshore rocks.’
    • ‘The raiders gave up their hunt for booty and did not try and steal anything from the salon, preferring instead, it appears, to beat a shame-faced retreat.’
    • ‘Others were seized as war booty and fell into the hands of collectors who valued them but were often at a loss to understand what they were or who had created them.’
    • ‘National treasures are to be seized and granted as booty to the military commanders of Operation Iraqi ‘Freedom,’ along with large, personal fiefdoms.’
    • ‘Since booty is stolen treasure, it could be good or bad.’
    • ‘Between 1799 and 1814, when the collection was augmented by artistic booty seized in the wake of Napoleon's military victories, the Louvre was the greatest museum of Western art in history.’
    • ‘It may surprise some to learn that the Crusades were almost never profitable, since booty was so scarce.’
    • ‘Watching Michael Caine struggle with whether or not his life (and the lives of his accomplices) was worth the loss of his booty, as their getaway bus teetered precariously on the edge, was enough to get audiences on the edge of the seat.’
    • ‘No need to pay anything up front - your booty from a successful raid will be a more than sufficient fee!’
    • ‘First he used an unexpected route to arrive before the city, then he charged with the largest chariot corps that Egypt had so far possessed and won substantial booty, including over 2,000 valuable horses.’
    • ‘Attacks became more frequent from the 830s, and in time land was seized as well as booty.’
    • ‘Such feasts might take place at inauguration ceremonies such as dynastic weddings, or to accompany the distribution of loot or booty from raids or trading expeditions.’
    loot, plunder, pillage, haul, prize, trophy
    spoils, stolen goods, gains, ill-gotten gains, profits, pickings, takings, winnings
    swag, boodle, the goods
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    1. 1.1informal Something gained or won:
      ‘the company has still got warehousefuls of money in the bank, thanks to the booty from earlier capital-raising exercises’
      • ‘Each night four contestants test their Olympic knowledge, with the winner taking home a bronze medal and small-time booty like a travel package or digital camera.’
      • ‘The way the two factions split their booty is very likely to affect Taiwan's economy.’
      • ‘Fighters from various schools around the country battled it out in the ring for a first prize booty of 100,000 baht.’
      • ‘An international fleet of tall ships set sail from Halifax on Monday, leaving behind a bulging treasure chest of tourism booty.’
      • ‘He notes many findings that support the story as it is told in the Book of Joshua, including the fact that the storehouses of grain - a very valuable booty - had been found intact.’
      • ‘Started by four hard-core believers in nature's booty and its goodness, Green Life aims to reintroduce nature to people around.’
      • ‘Now his brainchild brings in $1million worth of booty every day from the biggest concentration of treasure ships in the world.’
      • ‘The graphics in Pirates are a mixed-bag of booty.’
      • ‘We left the store with our glorious booty of two maple bars, two chocolate bars, replete with two Pershings: one chocolate, and one maple.’
      • ‘On Saturday night, May 7, these guys will be throwing down all the pirate booty from their travels over at Back to Basics at Blue Dog.’
      • ‘Boxes of coin rollers perch on a ledge to deal with the booty collected from the passing of hats, but plenty of coins will circulate amongst the performers themselves during the various games played here every night.’
      • ‘This time it was FedEx, delivering the latest booty from Amazon.’
      • ‘And what item greeted me as I perused the free booty?’
      • ‘A treasure hunt in the middle of Delhi's hustle bustle is not something you hear about everyday, and to watch enthusiastic children walk their way to a booty of gold coins with the help of scientific instruments and common sense just as rare.’
      • ‘Among the booty: a mattress (well, presumably a gift certificate for one), a DVD player, a watch, and a cellular phone.’
      • ‘Microsoft itself then chipped in, adding a copy of Office XP to the prize booty.’
      • ‘Not knowing which way the scale would tip, and thinking that he might try to steal her hard-earned booty, Dyana stuffed a wad of jerky into her mouth and chewed as best she could.’
      • ‘Disney took in a pirate's booty at the box office this weekend.’
      • ‘Founders Ernst Malmsten and Kajsa Leander begin spending their venture capital booty.’
      • ‘The booty includes free massages, four tickets to see the Pixies, and a glossy 8 x 10 photo of Amy Grant.’
      loot, plunder, pillage, haul, prize, trophy
      spoils, stolen goods, gains, ill-gotten gains, profits, pickings, takings, winnings
      swag, boodle, the goods
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Origin

Late Middle English (originally denoting plunder acquired in common): from Middle Low German būte, buite exchange, distribution, of uncertain origin.

Pronunciation:

booty

/ˈbuːti/

Main definitions of booty in English

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booty2

noun

North American
informal
  • A person's bottom:

    ‘you're picky about the music you firm your booty to’
    • ‘Never failing to keep booties shaking, she's rocked parties from the VH1 / Vogue Fashion Awards to ESPN's X Games awards.’
    • ‘I have to say that I strongly disagreed with fixing the one young woman who had a big booty.’
    • ‘And from my personal experience, a lot of men are just looking for big breasts, a big booty and a ride.’
    • ‘Other waiting participants got to line the walls of the dance competition room, and depending on their position, could watch either the screen or the booties while listening to bad music.’
    • ‘Bargain shop your booty off, and you'll have more dough stashed in your cargo pockets.’
    • ‘That one suit that makes your bust look beautiful, your stomach look stunning, your legs look long and lean, and your booty, well, bootylicious?’
    • ‘If your booty is made of stone and you like to swallow lots of dust, then most definitely take the bus!’
    • ‘Women in general have learned to admire men's booties, but those who hang with gay men will step it up.’
    • ‘Hands on the floor, she lowers her booty to the ground.’
    • ‘We've got guys on bicycles who ride by squeezing booties.’
    • ‘To a rhythmic micro-sampling sensibility inspired by Akufen and a love for more esoteric sample sources à la Herbert, Crackhaus add their own sense of humour and hooks that hit you straight in the booty.’
    • ‘Nobody takes up the musical/political gauntlet dropped by almost every other hip hop artist whose ego has grown fat on the booty shaking, ghetto style anthems that choke video channels.’
    • ‘It's true that Scott Hall had all the skills to become world champion, but he probably lacked the self-control to actually carry the belt and put booties in the seats for any length of time.’
    • ‘Each of the four girls of Sisterhood, even the friend with the booty bigger than everyone else's and the jock with legs no jeans ever fit, looks hot in the Pants.’
    • ‘Their surfeit of toned booties and biceps had also ‘disgusted’ Kylie Minogue, who claimed they had been responsible for the ‘pornographing of popular culture’.’
    • ‘Like eyes, feet, hips and booties, boobs are different on every female, Dr. Nardone explains.’
    • ‘Later that night I danced with a Brazilian prince with a smile almost as enchanting as the booty he was shaking.’
    • ‘It seems the bottom - or rather, the booty - has dropped out of the hip-hop market.’
    • ‘DJs all over the world make clubs hop, booties boogie and hearts swoon.’
    • ‘OK, I'd like to know what you need to do to have a booty like her's.’

Phrases

  • shake one's booty

    • informal Dance energetically:

      ‘I was shaking my booty to a groove by the Larks’
      • ‘More than 200 of the 2,500 entries in 2004 displayed applicants shaking their booty and lip-synching to their favourite Beyonce or Britney track.’
      • ‘The Anthem had come on and I started dancing to it, singing along, shaking my booty.’
      • ‘‘Yeah, but that's about your spirit dancing, not shaking your booty.‘’
      • ‘When his brother is killed, Walter is free to be Walterina and to shake his booty in the dance clubs of Manila.’
      • ‘He explodes on the scene uttering rapper lingo and shaking his booty on the dance floor.’
      • ‘My father and I had a little ritual of watching that show and tearing it to shreds with much mocking laughter and derision, but secretly I longed to be up there warbling my heart out and shaking my booty.’
      • ‘They concluded the set properly by inviting two audience members to grace the stage to shake a pair of tambourines and their booties as well.’
      • ‘In an interview with the Sun, she reckons the church has no problem with her shaking her booty in hot pants.’
      • ‘With punk, it's a spine-jolting feeling that makes you want to stomp up and down; with disco, it's shaking your booty from side to side.’
      • ‘Another dancer is convinced she's in a video as she shakes her booty.’
      • ‘What started as a movement to invest girls with the power to be and do anything they wanted has morphed into a brand-new program: ‘Put on a push-up bra, expose your navel, shake your booty, and drive 'em wild.’’
      • ‘So, if line dancing, salsa or hip hop shakes your booty, then get along there on Wednesday evening from 7pm to 8:30 pm.’
      • ‘Initially it was a slow, sauntering pace but then she built up a good, swift tempo and I found myself humming and shaking my booty until I tripped over a magpie.’
      • ‘She cuts her hair, borrows some un-beige clothes from Suzette, and goes dancing and drinking, shaking her booty with the rest of the kids at some Phoenix hot spot.’
      • ‘Making it into a backing dancer troupe involves more than shaking your booty.’
      • ‘Longtime fans will not be disappointed, and new listeners will have good reason to shake their booties.’
      • ‘A hula hoop demonstration on Tuesday gave elders of all backgrounds the opportunity to shake their booties, and chide each other like schoolchildren for their ineptness with the plastic tube.’
      • ‘One moment the music will put you in chill-out mode, the next moment you're ready to shake your booty in a chorus of sweaty bodies.’
      • ‘In fact, for good measure, here's another picture of her shaking her booty on the dancefloor.’
      • ‘This slinky Plateau resident and ex-Californian has been shaking her booty on stages across America since she was five years old.’

Origin

1920s: probably an alteration of body or botty.

Pronunciation:

booty

/ˈbuːti/