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n. pl. loos
A trick-taking card game in which each player contributes stakes to a pool and attempts to win at least one trick. A player who does not win at least one trick must add to the pool.
[Short for obsolete lanterloo, from French lanturlu, a meaningless refrain, loo.]
n. pl. loos Chiefly British
n, pl loos
Brit an informal word for lavatory1
[C20: perhaps from French lieux d'aisance water closet]
n, pl loos
1. (Card Games) a gambling card game
2. (Card Games) a stake used in this game
[C17: shortened form of lanterloo, via Dutch from French lanterelu, originally a meaningless word from the refrain of a popular song]
a variant spelling of lou
n., pl. loos, n.
1. a card game in which forfeits are paid into a pool.
2. the forfeit or sum paid into the pool.v.t.
3. to subject to a forfeit at loo.
[1665–75; short for lanterloo < Dutch lanterlu < French lantur(e)lu orig., the refrain of a song]
n., pl. loos. Brit.
[1935–40; of uncertain orig.]
Past participle: looed
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