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or looey, louie

[loo-ee] /ˈlu i/
noun, Slang.
a lieutenant of the armed forces.
Origin of looie
1915-20; respelling of lieu(tenant) + -ie Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But that day he don't drink any more, and looey says mebby it ain't going to be one of the reg'lar pifflicated kind.

    Danny's Own Story Don Marquis
  • I am always telling my looey and Maggie to take you for their model, dear!

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 2 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • What he longed to do was to take it home and play it to looey, but that was out of the question: he remembered the watch.

    A Child of the Jago Arthur Morrison
  • Ullo, looey,' he said, bending and patting the muddy cheek. ''

    A Child of the Jago Arthur Morrison
  • It wasn't nothing looey done, fur he didn't do nothing but jest set there with his arms folded onto his bosom and look sad.

    Danny's Own Story Don Marquis
  • Once or twice she thought of looey, but with native inertness she let the thought slip.

    A Child of the Jago Arthur Morrison
  • A yard from her lay looey, sick and ailing in a new way, but disregarded.

    A Child of the Jago Arthur Morrison
  • For the place of looey, forgotten, was supplied by Em, aged two.

    A Child of the Jago Arthur Morrison
  • looey smiles in a sad sort of a way, which he seldom smiled fur anything, and says he guesses he'll like the business.

    Danny's Own Story Don Marquis
  • The doctor, he says to the feller with him: "looey, bring me one of the sample size."

    Danny's Own Story Don Marquis
Word Origin and History for looey

1916, American English, colloquial familiar form of lieutenant.

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



A lieutenant; loot2: They demoted me to second looey (WWI Army)

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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