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[loo] /lu/
noun, plural loos.
a card game in which forfeits are paid into a pool.
the forfeit or sum paid into the pool.
the fact of being looed.
verb (used with object), looed, looing.
to subject to a forfeit at loo.
Origin of loo1
1665-75; short for lanterloo < Dutch lanterlu < French lantur(e)lu, special use of meaningless refrain of an old song


[loo] /lu/
verb (used with or without object), looed, looing, noun, plural loos. Chiefly Northern U.S.
low2 .


[loo] /lu/ Scot.
noun, plural loos, verb (used with or without object), looed, looing.
love. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for looed
Historical Examples
  • The others are looed, each having to contribute the agreed amount of a loo to the pool, for the next deal.

  • If his cards secure one or all of the tricks the amount of his winnings is left in the pool for the next deal, and he is looed.

  • Then only the player who is looed contributes to the next pool.

  • Those who play their cards, either with or without changing, and do not gain a trick, are looed.

  • She had not been behind her aunt's chair for five minutes when the latter was looed.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Briefly, no player can he looed, or secure any part of the pool through the irregularity of either of the other players.

  • Though I was looed I played on, and I lost five or six hundred fish without opening my lips.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • So, as I said, this young cow was very sad, and she looed—I mean mowed—all day to express her grief.

    Toto's Merry Winter Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for looed


noun (pl) loos
(Brit) an informal word for lavatory (sense 1)
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from French lieux d'aisance water closet


noun (pl) loos
a gambling card game
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


a variant spelling of lou
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Word Origin and History for looed



"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.

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

loo 1


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


(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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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