noun pl. lob·lol·lies
- Chiefly Southern US A mudhole; a mire.
- The loblolly pine.
Origin of loblolly Perhaps
dialectal lob to bubble lolly broth Word History:
In some regional dialects of the American South, the term loblolly
is used to refer to a mire or mudhole. The word is a combination of lob,
probably an onomatopoeic word suggesting the thick heavy bubbling of cooking porridge, and lolly,
an old British dialect word meaning “broth, soup, or any other food boiled in a pot.” Thus, loblolly
originally denoted thick porridge or gruel, especially that eaten by sailors onboard ship. The meaning of the word in American dialects of the South makes allusion to the consistency of such porridge. The name loblolly
has become associated with several varieties of trees as well, all of which favor wet bottomlands or swamps in the Gulf and South Atlantic states. Among these is the loblolly pine (Pinus taeda),
whose strong wood is used as lumber and for paper pulp.
(countable and uncountable, plural loblollies)
- (dialect, nautical) Gruel.
- (US, southern) A mudhole.
- (now mostly dialect) A bumpkin or lout.
- Loblolly pine, Pinus taeda.
- Loblolly bay (plant).
(third-person singular simple present loblollies, present participle loblollying, simple past and past participle loblollied)
- Behave in a loutish manner.
From Yorkshire dialect lob (“boil", literally “bubbling up") + dialect lolly (“broth").