lo·​co | \ ˈlō-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce loco (audio) \

Definition of loco

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: in the register as written used as a direction in music


plural locos or locoes

Definition of loco (Entry 2 of 4)


locoed; locoing; locos

Definition of loco (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to poison with locoweed
2 : to make frenzied or crazy

Definition of loco (Entry 4 of 4)

: mentally disordered : crazy, frenzied

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Examples of loco in a Sentence

Verb years of living alone had clearly locoed the old rancher Adjective The crowd went loco when she walked out on the stage. He's not just weird, he's positively loco.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Onboard the Tejas Express, the IRCTC will have its own staff, such as ticket checkers, and service crew, though the loco pilots and guards will belong to Indian Railways. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "India flags off its first privately-run train with airline-like facilities," 4 Oct. 2019 After extensive research, Thomas came up with about a dozen dishes — including an elaborate loco moco burger preparation that didn’t make the cut — that was eventually trimmed to seven items. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gourmet dog diner opens on Carlsbad restaurant’s patio," 5 Sep. 2019 The menu was big — kimchi fried rice, loco moco, burgers, burritos, French toast, eggs, not to mention the different meat options — so waste was an issue. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Huli Huli Hawaiian Grill to become Sunday Gather. The transition hasn’t exactly been smooth," 3 Sep. 2019 Brunch items range from loco moco to eggs Benedict. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Loosen your belt: 46 more restaurant and ice cream openings in Seattle and on the Eastside to try," 25 June 2018 Moscow The first week of the 2018 World Cup has produced its share of shocks and upsets, but amid all the nutty results, only one can be regarded as completamente loco. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "Mexico’s World Cup Run Is Built on Benchwarmers," 22 June 2018 Those who’ve never been to Hawaii may be unfamiliar with one the islanders’ favorite dishes, the loco moco. Jay Jones, latimes.com, "Where is Hawaii's best beach or best luau? Find insider tips in Hawaii Magazine's 2018 'Best of the Best' issue," 14 June 2018 For breakfast, Makahiki guests can try loco moco, a Hawaiian specialty that includes a mini hamburger served on white rice and topped with a poached egg and brown gravy (somebody alert the cholesterol police). Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disney’s Hawiian resort Aulani offers a melting pot of dining options," 8 June 2018 Or some platillo nopal loco at El Gallo Bravo in Albany Park. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, "Archive Dive / News / The Reefer If you can't smoke weed right now, you might as well read about it," 20 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Real investors survey the landscape and look for signs of a market gone loco. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "For Whom the Bell Tolls, Sell," 2 July 2017 As one of my colleagues said, this was straight loco. Ryu Spaeth, New Republic, "Anthony Scaramucci: Harder, Better, Faster, Crazier.," 28 July 2017

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First Known Use of loco

Adverb or adjective

1786, in the meaning defined above


1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for loco

Adverb or adjective

Italian dialect, there, from Latin in loco in the place


Mexican Spanish, from Spanish, crazy



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“Loco.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loco. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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More Definitions for loco


lo·​co | \ ˈlō-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce loco (audio) \
plural locos or locoes

Medical Definition of loco

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Medical Definition of loco (Entry 2 of 2)

: to poison with locoweed

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easily led, controlled, or managed

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