loo

loo

1 [loo]
noun, plural loos.
1.
a card game in which forfeits are paid into a pool.
2.
the forfeit or sum paid into the pool.
3.
the fact of being looed.
verb (used with object), looed, looing.
4.
to subject to a forfeit at loo.

Origin:
1665–75; short for lanterloo < Dutch lanterlu < French lantur(e)lu, special use of meaningless refrain of an old song

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loo

2 [loo] ,
noun, plural loos. British Informal.

Origin:
1935–40; of uncertain origin

loo

3 [loo]
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), looed, looing, noun, plural loos. Chiefly Northern U.S.
low2.

loo

4 [loo] Scot.
noun, plural loos, verb (used with object), verb (used without object), looed, looing.
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loo1 (luː)
 
n , pl loos
(Brit) an informal word for lavatory
 
[C20: perhaps from French lieux d'aisance water closet]

loo2 (luː)
 
n , pl loos
1.  a gambling card game
2.  a stake used in this game
 
[C17: shortened form of lanterloo, via Dutch from French lanterelu, originally a meaningless word from the refrain of a popular song]

loo3 (luː)
 
vb
a variant spelling of lou

lou or loo (luː)
 
vb
a Scot word for love
 
loo or loo
 
vb

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loo
"lavatory," 1940, but perhaps 1922, probably from Fr. lieux d'aisances, "lavatory," lit. "place of ease," picked up by British servicemen in France during World War I. Or possibly a pun on Waterloo, based on water closet.

loo
"type of card game," 1675, short for lanterloo, from Fr. lanturelau, originally the refrain of a song.
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loo

gambling card game often mentioned in English literature. The name derives from the French lanturlu, the refrain of a popular 17th-century song. Popularity of the game faded in the 20th century.

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