loon

1
[ loon ]
/ lun /

noun

any of several large, short-tailed, web-footed, fish-eating diving birds of the genus Gavia, of the Northern Hemisphere.

Nearby words

  1. looky,
  2. loom,
  3. loom large,
  4. loom-state,
  5. looming,
  6. looney,
  7. loonie,
  8. loony,
  9. loony bin,
  10. loony tunes

Origin of loon

1
First recorded in 1625–35; perhaps alteration of loom3

loon

2
[ loon ]
/ lun /

noun

a crazy or simple-minded person.

Origin of loon

2
1400–50; late Middle English lowen, perhaps < Old Norse lūinn worn, tired; later influenced by loon1 and loony1

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British Dictionary definitions for loon

loon

1
/ (luːn) /

noun

the US and Canadian name for diver (def. 3)

Word Origin for loon

C17: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse lōmr

noun

informal a simple-minded or stupid person
Northeast Scot dialect a lad
archaic a person of low rank or occupation (esp in the phrase lord and loon)

Word Origin for loon

C15: origin obscure

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