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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 of loo1
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/ Scot.
noun, plural loos, verb (used with object), verb (used without object), looed, looing.
1.
love.
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Examples from the Web for loo
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  • There is a chance, just a chance, that we can prove this loo Barebone to be the man we think him, but we must all stand together.

    The Last Hope Henry Seton Merriman
  • loo don't seem to know any stolies, so you mus' play wis me.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • loo turned to him as to one who had proved himself capable enough in an emergency, brave in face of danger.

    The Last Hope Henry Seton Merriman
  • I 'll take nothing but what loo gives me,' muttered he, below his breath.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • He was absorbed in thinking of the evening before, and in trying to appraise each of loo's words and looks.

    Elder Conklin Frank Harris
British Dictionary definitions for loo

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 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 loo

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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