(third-person singular simple present loans, present participle loaning, simple past and past participle loaned)
- (usually double , US, dated in UK, informal) To lend (something) to (someone).
From Middle English lone, lane, from Old Norse lÃ¡n (“loan"), from Proto-Germanic *laihnÄ… (“that which is lent, loan, fief"), from Proto-Indo-European *leykÊ·- (“to leave, leave over"). Cognate with Icelandic lÃ¡n (“loan"), Swedish lÃ¥n (“loan"), Danish lÃ¥n (“loan"), German Lehen (“fief, feudal estate"), Dutch leen (“fief, feudatory, something lent"), West Frisian lien (“something borrowed, loan"), North Frisian leen (“fief, loan, office"), Scots lane, lain, len (“loan"), Old English lÇ£n (“loan, borrowing, lease, grant, gift, present, benefit"). More at lend.
- (Scotland) A lonnen.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.