Origin: altered (by assoc. with loon) < earlier loom < ON lomr < IE echoic base *lā- > L latrare, to bark
- a clumsy, stupid person
- a crazy person
- a boy
- a harlot
- a person of low rank
- a rogue
Origin: Scot lown, loun < ME lowen < ? or akin to MDu loen
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Origin: Perhaps alteration of dialectal loom, guillemot, diver, from Old Norse lōmr.
Origin: Probably from loon1 (from its loud cry) and influenced by lunatic.