lanterloo

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Etymology[edit]

French lanturlu, originally the refrain of a sixteenth-century song.

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Noun[edit]

lanterloo (plural lanterloos)

  1. A meaningless chant or refrain.
    • 1963: The helmsman began to sing a monotonous, Levantine lanterloo. — Thomas Pynchon, V.
  2. (card games) An old trick-taking card game (also known as loo), where each player is dealt three or five cards. It gained much popularity in England in the 17th century, as a gambling game or a domestic pastime.