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lo

1
[ loh ]
/ loʊ /
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interjection
look! see! (frequently used in Biblical expressions; now usually used as an expression of surprise in the phrase lo and behold ).
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Origin of lo

1
before 900; Middle English; conflation of lo exclamation of surprise, grief, or joy, O! (Old English lā;see la2) and lo, shortened form of loke (Old English lōca), imperative of loken to look

Other definitions for lo (2 of 3)

lo2
[ loh ]
/ loʊ /

adjective
an informal, simplified spelling of low1, used especially in labeling or advertising commercial products: lo calorie.

Other definitions for lo (3 of 3)

LO

abbreviation
little one (used, especially by women, in digital communications to refer to one's infant or young child): We've been cloth diapering since my LO hit 10 pounds, about 6 months now.
loved one (used, especially by women, in digital communications to refer to one's romantic partner or spouse): I realized that my LO and I really didn't have much in common in terms of interests and basic values that could have held us together.

Origin of LO

First recorded in 2000–05 for def. 1
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British Dictionary definitions for lo (1 of 2)

lo
/ (ləʊ) /

interjection
look! see! (now often in the phrase lo and behold)

Word Origin for lo

Old English

British Dictionary definitions for lo (2 of 2)

LO
/ text messaging /

abbreviation for
hello
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