From Middle English robberie, robry, roberie, from Old French roberie, from the verb rober (“to steal; to pillage”) + -ie. Ultimately from unattested Frankish *raubōn. Synchronically analyzable as rob + -ery. Compare Dutch roverij (“robbery”), Norwegian Bokmål røveri (“robbery”), German Räuberei (“robbery, banditry”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɹɒbəɹi/, /ˈɹɒbɹi/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɹɑbəɹi/
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- Hyphenation: rob‧bery
- The act or practice of robbing.
- (law) The offense of taking or attempting to take the property of another by force or threat of force.
(attempt of taking the property of another by threat): larceny
- (attempt of taking the property of another by threat): piracy, armed robbery, aggravated robbery, highway robbery, mugging, carjacking, extortion, stick-up (slang), blagging (slang), steaming (slang), dacoity
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