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loon 1

 (lo͞on)
n.
Any of several fish-eating diving birds of the genus Gavia of northern regions, having a short tail, webbed feet, and a laughlike cry.

[Perhaps alteration of dialectal loom, guillemot, diver, from Old Norse lōmr.]

loon 2

 (lo͞on)
n. Informal
A person who is foolish or crazy.

[Probably from loon (from its loud cry) and influenced by lunatic.]

loon

(luːn)
n
(Animals) the US and Canadian name for diver3
[C17: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse lōmr]

loon

(luːn)
n
1. informal a simple-minded or stupid person
2. dialect Northeast Scot a lad
3. (Historical Terms) archaic a person of low rank or occupation (esp in the phrase lord and loon)
[C15: origin obscure]

loon1

(lun)

n.
any of several large, ducklike diving birds of the order Gaviiformes, nesting along fresh water in colder regions of the Northern Hemisphere.
[1625–35; appar. alter. of dial. loom < Old Norse lōmr]

loon2

(lun)

n.
a crazy or simple-minded person.
[1400–50; late Middle English lowen, perhaps < Old Norse lūinn worn, tired]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.loon - a worthless lazy fellowloon - a worthless lazy fellow    
do-nothing, idler, layabout, loafer, bum - person who does no work; "a lazy bum"
2.loon - large somewhat primitive fish-eating diving bird of the northern hemisphere having webbed feet placed far back; related to the grebes
gaviiform seabird - seabirds of the order Gaviiformes
Gavia, genus Gavia - type genus of the Gavidae: loons
3.loon - a person with confused ideasloon - a person with confused ideas; incapable of serious thought
misfit - someone unable to adapt to their circumstances

loon

noun
Informal. A person regarded as strange, eccentric, or crazy:
Informal: crank, loony.
Translations
kuikka
nur

loon

[luːn] N
1. (= fool) → bobo/a m/f
2. (= bird) → somorjugo m

loon

1
n (Orn) → Seetaucher m

loon

2
n (inf)Blödmann m (inf)
References in classic literature ?
I'll teach you to put your hands on my boy, you beast," roared the sa- loon keeper, who, tired of beating the master, had begun to kick him about the yard.
Peace, thou crazy loon, cried the Manxman, seizing him by the arm.
Crazy ez a loon when he come aboard; but I'll say he's sobered up consid'ble sence.
As for the pumpkinheaded loon who accompanies you, let him sink or swim it won't matter greatly which.
He had hardly touched the paper with the point of his twig when a low, wild peal of laughter broke out at a measureless distance away, and growing ever louder, seemed approaching ever nearer; a soulless, heartless, and unjoyous laugh, like that of the loon, solitary by the lakeside at midnight; a laugh which culminated in an unearthly shout close at hand, then died away by slow gradations, as if the accursed being that uttered it had withdrawn over the verge of the world whence it had come.
He took the measles when he was forty-five and was crazy as a loon with them, and the doctor ordered them to give him a dose of brandy.
Crazy as a loon," William sneered in open aside to the rest.
Robin told me shortly he was sorry he had put himself about, turned his back upon me without a sign of salutation, and as he went towards the door, I could hear him telling Duncan that I was "only some kinless loon that didn't know his own father.
Haven’t I killed loons before now, lad, that dive at the flash?
We worked up big heads of speed, and a certain burning in the quadriceps, on multiple laps on these beauties with little fear of crashing because of the more than one foot of new snow that blanketed Loon the night before.
Van Loon, the son of Charlie Van Loon of Yoncalla and Susan Burson of Roseburg, participated in football and baseball and was a four-year varsity letterman in basketball.
One of those was the body of a schoolgirl found late on Tuesday under the rubble of a collapsed high school in Maribojoc town, adjacent to Loon.