\ ˈlü How to pronounce loo (audio) \

Definition of loo

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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
2 : money staked at loo


looed; looing; loos

Definition of loo (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

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

Definition of loo (Entry 3 of 3)

chiefly British

First Known Use of loo

Noun (1)

1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1680, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1940, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for loo

Noun (1)

short for obsolete English lanterloo, from French lanturelu twaddle

Noun (2)

origin unknown

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“Loo.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loo. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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to assert without proof or before proving

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