loon

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English loun. Folk etymology associates it slang-wise with lunatic; see loony.

Noun[edit]

loon (plural loons)

  1. idler, lout
  2. (chiefly Scotland, Ulster) boy, lad
  3. (chiefly Scotland) harlot; mistress
  4. (chiefly Scotland) simpleton
  5. (slang) crazy or deranged person
  6. (Ireland) English Soldier of an expeditionary army in Ireland.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Common loon with chick

Of Scandinavian origin, akin to Old Norse lómr (loon), compare lament.

Noun[edit]

loon (plural loons)

  1. (US, Canada) Any of various birds, of the order Gaviiformes, of North America and Europe that dive for fish and have a short tail, webbed feet and a yodeling cry.
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  • (bird of order Gaviiformes): diver
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References[edit]

  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch loon.

Noun[edit]

loon (plural lone)

  1. wage

Dutch[edit]

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Noun[edit]

loon n (plural lonen, diminutive loontje n)

  1. wage, pay, reward

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loon

  1. first-person singular present indicative of lonen
  2. imperative of lonen

Scots[edit]

Noun[edit]

loon (plural loons)

  1. (Doric) boy, young man