follow Dictionary.com

Denotation vs. Connotation

look-see

[loo k-see] /ˈlʊkˌsi/
noun, Informal.
1.
a visual inspection or survey; look; examination:
have a look-see.
Origin of look-see
1880-1885
1880-85
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for look-see
Historical Examples
  • The next morning we turned out early, and got our first real “look-see.”

  • Im going back to the office to have a look-see at the books and files.

    Sudden Jim Clarence Budington Kelland
  • After you went to bed that night, I drove up here to have a look-see.

  • Do you think I have forgotten the day we were out having a look-see, five of us, and spotted five Albatrosses below?

    Aces Up Covington Clarke
  • Mister Vaneski opened the locker, there, for a look-see, and Mellon jumped out at him.

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
  • His need was to establish himself as a moderately square tourist on his way to take a look-see at highly publicized Russia.

    Combat Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • look-see, Chelakee braves make haste for load horses down yonder now!

    The Master of Appleby Francis Lynde
  • The pilot licked dry lips and wondered what would happen if he swung down there and just walked in for a look-see.

    Star Born Andre Norton
  • There sh'ud be soft dirt under those asps, let's give a look-see there.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • That was a snap judgment, formed after the briefest kind of a “look-see,” and it may well be that I was over optimistic.

    Down the Columbia Lewis R. Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for look-see

look-see

noun
1.
(informal) a brief inspection or look
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for look-see
n.

"inspection," 1865, "Pidgin-like formation" [OED], and first used in representations of English as spoken by Chinese, from look (v.) + see (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for look-see

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for look

8
9
Scrabble Words With Friends