(dated) An exclamation of mild surprise; lawks.
- A totally independent operator:
An executive who is a law unto herself.
- To mete out justice as one sees fit without due recourse to law enforcement agencies or the courts.
- to take a problem or dispute to a law court for settlement
- to give explicit orders in an authoritative manner
- to give a scolding (to)
- to study to become a lawyer
Other Word Forms of Law
Origin of Law
From Middle English lawe, laȝe, from Old English lagu (“law"), from Old Norse *lagu, an early plural form of lag, lÇ«g (“layer, stratum, a laying in order, measure, stroke, law", literally “something laid down or fixed"), from Proto-Germanic *lagÄ… (“that which is laid down"), from Proto-Indo-European *legh- (“to lie"). Cognate with Icelandic lög (“things laid down, law"), Swedish lag (“law"), Danish lov (“law"). Replaced Old English Ç£ and gesetnes. More at lay.
Middle English from Old English lagu from Old Norse lagu variant of lag that which is laid down legh- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old English hlāw (“burial mound"). Also spelled low.
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