- Slang. any remarkable or outstanding person or thing: His black eye is a lulu.
- (initial capital letter) a female given name, form of Louise.
Origin of lulu1
- a fixed allowance paid to a legislator in lieu of reimbursement for actual expenses.
Origin of lulu2
Related Words for lulusumptuous, lavish, bright, impressive, dazzling, superb, delightful, pleasing, ravishing, attractive, colorful, opulent, luxurious, good-looking, exquisite, handsome, lovely, splendid, elegant, brilliant
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Contemporary Examples of lulu
Lulu is about rating each other in our most vulnerable, intimate capacities as (physical and emotional) lovers.
Lulu, the mobile dating app for women, has changed its system to allow men to opt-in.
The new opt-in policy for men is a significant step forward for Lulu.
It may either be a legal snafu or a general backlash that has led Lulu to make a major change to how the app operates.
Lulu claims on its site that it is a way to “unleash the value of girl talk and to empower girls to make smarter decisions.”
Historical Examples of lulu
Lulu enters in a long cloak, and shuts the door to behind her.
Lulu sprang from the arms of a man on whose shoulder she had been reclining.The Golden Woman
Turning the revolver in her hand from himself to Lulu's breast.
Stands down right, behind Schwarz and compares the picture with Lulu.
That is how Lulu did not have one until she was six years old.
- slang a person or thing considered to be outstanding in size, appearance, etc
Word Origin for lulu
"remarkable person or thing," 1886 (first attested in a baseball article from New Orleans, U.S.), of uncertain origin; some suggest a connection to earlier looly "beautiful girl," of unknown origin. But the reference more likely is to Lulu Hurst (1869-1950), the "Georgia Wonder," who was a popular attraction 1883-85 demonstrating her supposed mysterious "force" that allowed her to effortlessly move, with just a light touch, umbrellas and canes held tight by others. She barnstormed the U.S. and, at 15, was, briefly, one of the most famous women in the land. The skeptics soon explained her trick and burst the bubble, but not before her name was used as a word:
Such [musically uneducated persons] start from the avowed or unavowed supposition that the pianist or violinist's art necessitates no higher qualities than does plate-spinning, dancing, or the feats of a Lulu. ["The Hero as Virtuoso," in "London Society magazine," 1883]