Origin of loocontr. from lanterloo from French lanturelu, name of the game, origin, originally fanciful word in refrain of a 17th-c. song
Origin of loofrom French lieux, short for les lieux d'aisances, toilets, literally , places of conveniences
Origin of looShort for obsolete lanterloo from French lanturlu a meaningless refrain, loo
nounpl. loos Chiefly British
Origin of looOrigin unknown
- (colloquial, Australia, New Zealand, UK) A toilet.
Unknown; possible origins include:
- French lieu, place
- A particular brand of early toilet cisterns, trademarked 'Waterloo'.
A common false folk etymology is that the word comes from the exclamation "garde Ã l'eau!" ("mind the water!") used when emptying a chamber pot out of a window onto the public sidewalk or street.
- The card game lanterloo.
(third-person singular simple present loos, present participle looing, simple past and past participle looed)
Shortened form of lanterloo.