- a card game in which forfeits are paid into a pool.
- the forfeit or sum paid into the pool.
- the fact of being looed.
- to subject to a forfeit at loo.
Origin of loo1
Examples from the Web for looed
Then only the player who is looed contributes to the next pool.
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
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
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.
Briefly, no player can he looed, or secure any part of the pool through the irregularity of either of the other players.
- British an informal word for lavatory (def. 1)
- a gambling card game
- a stake used in this game
- a variant spelling of lou
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.