- 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
Origin of loo2
Examples from the Web for loo
Contemporary Examples of loo
He would laboriously make his way from desk to loo, belt down a few, then return.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
While her English classmates were learning to wash their hands, Nadia was worried that the devil was leering at her on the loo.Want This Woman to Lie About Herself? You Can Just Burq Off!
March 24, 2014
I was wearing a rather huge, billowy Maxi skirt and I must have lost track of exactly where it all was while on loo.Penis Beakers and Constipated Dolls: What Mothers REALLY Want To Know
October 11, 2013
Furness apparently told Jackman she was “just off to the loo” before reappearing on stage to hand him his award.Neil Patrick Harris, Hugh Jackman & 12 Buzziest Moments From 2012 Tony Awards (VIDEOS)
June 11, 2012
Over at the Starbucks, a steady line of people were queuing to use the loo.Assange Addresses Occupy London Protesters
October 15, 2011
Historical Examples of loo
Loo don't seem to know any stolies, so you mus' play wis me.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
I 'll take nothing but what Loo gives me,' muttered he, below his breath.
"Such a man might be very troublesome, Loo," said he, cautiously.
Take my word for it, Loo could make some revelations on this theme.
There is one other alternative, Loo, which you have forgotten.
- British an informal word for lavatory (def. 1)
Word Origin for loo
- a gambling card game
- a stake used in this game
Word Origin for loo
- a variant spelling of lou
Word Origin and History for loo
"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.