Loon meaning

lo͝on
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Any of several fish-eating diving birds of the genus Gavia of northern regions, having a short tail, webbed feet, and a laughlike cry.
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One who is crazy or deranged.
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Any of an order (Gaviiformes) of fish-eating diving birds, with a sharp bill and webbed feet, found mainly in subarctic regions: noted for its weird cry.
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A clumsy, stupid person.
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A crazy person.
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(scot.) A boy.
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(archaic) A rogue.
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(chiefly Scotland, Ulster) Boy, lad.
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(chiefly Scotland) Harlot; mistress.
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(chiefly Scotland) Simpleton; (also (slang)) crazy or deranged person.
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(Ireland) English Soldier of an expeditionary army in Ireland.
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(US, Canada) Any of various birds, of the order Gaviiformes, of North America and Europe that dive for fish and have a short tail, webbed feet and a yodeling cry.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
loon
Plural:
loons

Origin of loon

  • Perhaps alteration of dialectal loom guillemot, diver from Old Norse lōmr

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably from loon (from its loud cry) and influenced by lunatic

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Of Scandinavian origin, akin to Old Norse lómr (“loon"), compare lament.

    From Wiktionary

  • from Middle English loun

    From Wiktionary