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loon1 (luːn Pronunciation for loon1

Definitions

noun

  1. the US and Canadian name for diver (sense 3)

Word Origin

C17: of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse lōmr

loon2 (luːn Pronunciation for loon2

Definitions

noun

  1. (informal) a simple-minded or stupid person
  2. (Northeast Scotland, dialect) a lad
  3. (archaic) a person of low rank or occupation (esp in the phrase lord and loon)

Word Origin

C15: origin obscure

Example Sentences Including 'loon'

But she knew that no bird sounded so desolate or godforsaken as that cry, not even the loon on a lake or the curlew up on the moors.
Peter Robinson AFTERMATH (2001)
By all accounts, the loon allegedly begs to have sex with her and makes several pervy demands.
Megastar (2004)
Hey, that's the way it's been in 2003, the year of the loon.
Globe and Mail (2003)
His long hair, loon pants, and admiration for Mick Jagger did not denote a fondness for exotically flavoured roll-ups.
John Harris THE LAST PARTY: Britpop, Blair and the demise of English rock (2003)
I had a loose sweatshirt with a picture of a loon on it for Angie and a Toronto Blue Jays warm-up jacket for Ben.
Wood, Ted Snowjob
It was an odd, happy feeling to hear the call of the loon slide into the phrases of Honky Tonk Woman, and vice versa.
Globe and Mail (2003)
She would croon:'Now ma bonny wee loon , here's your houchy-pouch.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
`Thank you, loon ," I whispered as I felt sleep creeping inexorably up on me a few minutes later.
Matthews, Lew A Conviction of Guilt

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