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noun (1)

: an old card game in which the winner of each trick or a majority of tricks takes a portion of the pool while losing players are obligated to contribute to the next pool
: money staked at loo


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looed; looing; loos

transitive verb

: to obligate to contribute to a new pool at loo for failing to win a trick


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noun (2)

chiefly British

Examples of loo in a Sentence

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Trial of a woman accused of poisoning her lookalike with cheesecake begins Trial of a woman accused of poisoning her loo... CBS News, 31 Jan. 2023 In this glamorous loo, Hardenburg opted for a graphic, geometric pattern using Liaison Mulholland by ELLE DECOR A-List Titan Kelly Wearstler for Ann Sacks. Parker Bowie Larson, ELLE Decor, 30 June 2023 Stop trying to flush your secrets, and other helpful advice from plumbers Which prompts another urgent question: Is a chandelier in the loo even hygienic? Geraldine Deruiter, Washington Post, 12 June 2023 Little ones are also prone to flushing their Lego down the toilet; one estimate posits that in Britain alone, 2.5 million Lego pieces have been flushed down the loo by children under 10. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Mar. 2020 And remember: every flush — not to mention, every poor aimer who uses your loo — sends all manner of germs beyond the boundaries of your toilet, so take care to clean the rest of your bathroom regularly, too. Susannah Herrada, Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2022 On one journey, rest stops and a Starbucks' loo were closed. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, 10 July 2020 That was that terrible trailer with the loo that really stank' ... Glenn Garner, Peoplemag, 10 Dec. 2022 Now, Supervisor Myrna Melgar is determined to get to the bottom of just how the city calculated the $445,000 in architecture and engineering fees for a little loo in the Noe Valley Town Square. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Nov. 2022
Factor in lighting and how the wallpaper loos throughout the day with different levels of exposure and both natural and artificial light. Patricia Shannon, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Mar. 2023 The suit cost taxpayers $101,000 and a special prosecutor hired to loo into the matter determined there was no dereliction of duty, but has not completely shut the door on the investigation. Sharon Coolidge, The Enquirer, 16 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

short for obsolete English lanterloo, from French lanturelu twaddle

Noun (2)

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1680, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of loo was in 1675

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“Loo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loo. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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