- the palm of the hand.
Origin of loof1
1300–50; Middle English lofe < Old Norse lōfi, cognate with Gothic lōfa
- 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
special uses of loof1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for 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
Word Origin and History for loof
"palm of the hand," Scottish and Northern English, c.1300, from Old Norse lofe, cognate with Gothic lofa, Russian lapa "paw," Lettish lepa "paw."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper