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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)
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
`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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