- the palm of the hand.
Origin of loof1
- the tapering of a hull toward the stern.
- Now Rare. the broad after part of the bows of a vessel.
- Now Rare. luff(def 1).
Origin of loof2
Examples from the Web for loof
Historical Examples of loof
It was not my hand, it was my fathers: my hand is more black in the loof.
The ill-deedy wratches, to blister a' my loof wi' the poker!
Ay—ay—a black cast to a' their ill-fa'ur'd faces, and the outside o' the loof to them at the last day!Old Mortality, Complete, Illustrated
Sir Walter Scott
Luff, luf, n. the windward side of a ship: the act of sailing a ship close to the wind: the loof.
Tender hands could not stand it a moment: one dash of a rustic “loof” would make the blood spurt from the tip of every finger.The Traditional Games of England, Scotland, and Ireland (Vol I of II)
Alice Bertha Gomme
"palm of the hand," Scottish and Northern English, c.1300, from Old Norse lofe, cognate with Gothic lofa, Russian lapa "paw," Lettish lepa "paw."