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Examples of lollapalooza in a Sentence
a huge birthday bash that promises to be a lollapalooza of a party
Recent Examples of lollapalooza from the Web
After a lollapalooza trial, Marshall was convicted of larceny in 2009 and spent a few months in prison before his death in 2014.
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Did You Know?
Some readers may recognize lollapalooza as the name of an American music festival, now held annually in Chicago. Actually, the word lollapalooza has been around since at least the 1890s, though etymologists aren't sure where it comes from. Occasionally, it has been used as a gambling term for a made-up hand used to trick an inexperienced player-but primarily the term is used in a way very similar to humdinger and doozy. It is spelled in a number of ways. Lallapalooza, lalapalooza, and lollapaloosa are among the variants, and in the past it was sometimes lalapaloozer. Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg may have contributed to the popularity of this term with "Lala Palooza," one of his cartoon characters from the 1930s.
Origin and Etymology of lollapalooza
First Known Use: 1896See Words from the same year
Synonymsbeaut, beauty, bee's knees, cat's meow, corker, crackerjack (also crackajack), daisy, dandy, dilly, doozy (or doozie also doozer), dream, honey, hot stuff, humdinger, hummer, knockout, jim–dandy, lulu [slang], nifty, peach, pip, pippin, ripper, ripsnorter, snorter, sockdolager (or sockdologer), standout, sweetheart
Related Wordsmarvel, phenomenon, prodigy, sensation, wonder; catch, crown jewel, diamond, gem, imperial, jewel, pearl, plum, treasure
Near Antonymsbust, disappointment, dud, failure, flop, lemon, letdown, loser, stinker, turkey
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