gardyloo

interjection

gar·​dy·​loo ˌgär-dē-ˈlü How to pronounce gardyloo (audio)
used in Edinburgh as a warning cry when it was customary to throw slops from the windows into the streets

Word History

Etymology

perhaps from French garde à l'eau! look out for the water!

First Known Use

1622, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gardyloo was in 1622

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Cite this Entry

“Gardyloo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gardyloo. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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