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[loo-loo] /ˈlu lu/
Slang. any remarkable or outstanding person or thing:
His black eye is a lulu.
(initial capital letter) a female given name, form of Louise.
1855-60; in slang sense, perhaps generic use of the proper name


[loo-loo] /ˈlu lu/
noun, Slang.
a fixed allowance paid to a legislator in lieu of reimbursement for actual expenses.
special use of lulu1, with play on lieu, from a facetious remark attributed to New York governor Al Smith Unabridged
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Examples for lulu
  • Chow remarks that lulu, is likely to forever remain living in the past.
  • Like lulu, chow tried fruitlessly to recapture his past through the present.
British Dictionary definitions for lulu


(slang) a person or thing considered to be outstanding in size, appearance, etc
Word Origin
C19: probably from the nickname for Louise
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Word Origin and History for lulu
"remarkable person or thing," 1886 (first attested in a baseball article from New Orleans, U.S.), perhaps from earlier looly "beautiful girl," of unknown origin.
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Slang definitions & phrases for lulu



A person or thing that is remarkable, wonderful, superior, etc; darb, humdinger, pisser: He said the aquarium was a lulu/ Burrows was permitted his own bower, and it was a lulu

[1886+; origin unknown; earlier looly, ''beautiful girl,'' is attested; perhaps fr the cowboy term loo loo, ''a winning hand,'' explained as a hand invented by local people in order to win a game from a stranger ''for the good of the loo,'' where loo means ''party, set, community''; this sense of loo is related to the popular 18th-century card game of the same name, fr lanterloo fr French lanterlu, a nonsense phrase in the refrain of a song]


noun phrase

An undesirable use of land

[1989+; acronym of locally undesirable land use]

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