look·​ie-loo | \ ˈlu̇-kē-ˈlü How to pronounce lookie-loo (audio) \
variants: or looky-loo
plural lookie-loos or looky-loos

Definition of lookie-loo

US, informal + often disparaging
: a person who looks at something: such as
a : a person who goes somewhere or stops to look at something (such as the scene of an accident) : an intrusively curious onlooker usually plural … to discourage the thousands of lookie-loos who once jammed the street to get a glimpse of the murder scene.— David W. Myers
b : a person who looks at something for sale without intending to buy it And how should you get your old house ready for "looky-loos" as well as the serious buyers?— Roger Showley

First Known Use of lookie-loo

1977, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about lookie-loo

Statistics for lookie-loo

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for lookie-loo

The first known use of lookie-loo was in 1977

See more words from the same year

Comments on lookie-loo

What made you want to look up lookie-loo? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


an act or instance of editing or removing

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!