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or lalapalooza

[lah-luh-puh-loo-zuh] /ˌlɑ lə pəˈlu zə/
noun, Slang.


[lol-uh-puh-loo-zuh] /ˌlɒl ə pəˈlu zə/
noun, Slang.
an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.
Also, lollapaloosa, lalapalooza, lallapalooza.
Origin of lollapalooza
1900-05, Americanism; origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • lallapalooza is also probably an Irish loan-word, though it is not Gaelic.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
British Dictionary definitions for lallapalooza


(US, slang) something excellent
Word Origin
origin unknown
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for lallapalooza



also lallapaloosa, lallapalootza, etc.; "remarkable or wonderful person or thing," 1901, American English, fanciful formation. The annual North American alternative pop music concert of the same name dates from 1991.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for lallapalooza



  1. (also lone wolf) A person who prefers to be alone, do things alone, etc; a solitary or recluse: He became more of a ''loner,'' almost a man apart from the rest of the team/that breed of loners who wandered through the Rockies in the first half of the nineteenth century
  2. One person or thing by itself: ''Make it two and I'll be true.'' ''Here's a loner to get you started'' (1940s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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