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Loos

[loos] /lus/
noun
1.
Adolf
[ey-dolf;; German ah-dawlf] /ˈeɪ dɒlf;; German ˈɑ dɔlf/ (Show IPA),
1870–1933, Austrian architect and writer.
2.
Anita, 1893–1981, U.S. writer.

loo1

[loo] /lu/
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
1665-1675
1665-75; short for lanterloo < Dutch lanterlu < French lantur(e)lu, special use of meaningless refrain of an old song

loo2

[loo] /lu/
noun, plural loos. British Informal.
1.
Origin
1935-40; of uncertain origin

loo3

[loo] /lu/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), looed, looing, noun, plural loos. Chiefly Northern U.S.
1.
low2 .

loo4

[loo] /lu/
noun, plural loos, verb (used with object), verb (used without object), looed, looing.
1.
love.
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British Dictionary definitions for Loos

Loos

/German luːs/
noun
1.
Adolf (ˈadolf). 1870–1933, Austrian architect: a pioneer of modern architecture, noted for his plain austere style in such buildings as Steiner House, Vienna (1910)

loo1

/luː/
noun (pl) loos
1.
(Brit) an informal word for lavatory (sense 1)
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from French lieux d'aisance water closet

loo2

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

loo3

/luː/
verb
1.
a variant spelling of lou
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Word Origin and History for Loos

loo

n.

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

type of card game, 1670s, short for lanterloo (1660s), from French lanturelu, originally (1620s) the refrain of a popular comic song; according to French sources the refrain expresses a mocking refusal or an evasive answer and was formed on the older word for a type of song chorus, turelure; apparently a jingling reduplication of loure "bagpipe" (perhaps from Latin lura "bag, purse").

From its primary signification -- a kind of bagpipe inflated from the mouth -- the word 'loure' came to mean an old dance, in slower rhythm than the gigue, generally in 6-4 time. As this was danced to the nasal tones of the 'loure,' the term 'loure' was gradually applied to any passage meant to be played in the style of the old bagpipe airs. ["Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians," London, 1906]
The refrain sometimes is met in English as turra-lurra.

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Slang definitions & phrases for Loos

loo 1

noun

A toilet •Chiefly British: everything you'd find in a powder room except the loo

[1940+; origin uncertain; perhaps fr Waterloo in proportionate analogy with water closet; perhaps fr the Edinburgh cry ''Gardyloo'' uttered when one threw the contents of the slopjar into the street; Mrs. Virginia Burton of Lynchburg, VA, suggests it may be a pronunciation of French lieu, ''place,'' in the phrase lieu d'aisance, ''toilet, lavatory'']


loo 2

noun

(also Loo) A lieutenant, esp of police: All lieutenants were called Loo (1990s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for Loos

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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