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loo

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[ loo ]
/ lu /
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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, loo·ing.

to subject to a forfeit at loo.

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Origin of loo

1
First recorded in 1665–75; short for lanterloo, from Dutch lanterlu, from French lantur(e)lu, a special use of a meaningless refrain of an old song

Definition for loo (2 of 4)

loo2
[ loo ]
/ lu /

noun, plural loos.British Informal.

Origin of loo

2
First recorded in 1935–40; of uncertain origin; perhaps from French lieux (d'aisances) “latrines, toilets,” literally, “places of ease”; perhaps a pun on the place name Waterloo, based on water closet

Definition for loo (3 of 4)

loo3
[ loo ]
/ lu /

verb (used with or without object), noun, looed, loo·ing,plural loos.Chiefly Northern U.S.

Definition for loo (4 of 4)

loo4
[ loo ]
/ lu /

noun, verb (used with or without object), plural loos,looed, loo·ing.

Scots. love.
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British Dictionary definitions for loo (1 of 3)

loo1
/ (luː) /

noun plural loos

British an informal word for lavatory (def. 1)
C20: perhaps from French lieux d'aisance water closet

British Dictionary definitions for loo (2 of 3)

loo2
/ (luː) /

noun plural loos

a gambling card game
a stake used in this game
C17: shortened form of lanterloo, via Dutch from French lanterelu, originally a meaningless word from the refrain of a popular song

British Dictionary definitions for loo (3 of 3)

loo3
/ (luː) /

verb

a variant spelling of lou
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