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See also: lol, Lol, LoL, and -lol


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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɛl.əuˈɛl/, /lɔːl/, /lɒl/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɛl.oʊˈɛl/, /lɔl/, /lɑl/, /loʊl/, /lol/



  1. (Internet slang, text messaging) Laughing (or laugh) out loud.
  2. (Internet slang, text messaging) Lots of laughs. (occasionally used)
  3. (Internet slang, text messaging, by dilution) Indicates light-heartedness or amusement, or that the accompanying statement is not intended as serious.
  4. (letter-writing, dated) Lots of love.
    • 2007, Adam Gopnik, Through the Children's Gate, ↑ISBN:
      Explaining how much I hated being away from him for another weekend, how I had to do it to pay for his school, for our life. Heartfelt, heart-full, I signed it "LOL, Dad.". Then a pause. And I see appearing on my screen these words. "Dad: what exactly do you think LOL means?" "Lots of Love, obviously," I replied.
    • 2010, Keturah Wasler, Box of Chocolates: Piece from My Heart, ↑ISBN, page 20:
      The answer is in Job 40:7 to the end of the chapter, and 2 tim 2:11 thru 2:21. LOL, Dad Miscommunication: I was thinking he was laughing he didn't tell that was not true. An on-looker said he may mean lots of love. I asked and he didn't answer but he hugged me the next time he saw me for two seconds. Progress not perfection.
    • 2011, Rhonda K. Kindig, Found in Translation, ↑ISBN, page 105:
      John 21:15, 16,17 Back in the fifties, when I used to write childish letters in long-hand to my grandmothers, I would delight in closing with LOL, by which I intended the sentiment "Lots of Love"! This was followed by "XOXOXOXO", which, of course, was hugs and kisses.
    • 2014 May 28, Stuart Heritage, “25 years of LOL – the good and bad bits”, in The Guardian:
      One of the most famous examples of this misunderstanding came to prominence three years ago, thanks to a screengrab of this text message sent by a mother to her son: "Your great aunt just passed away. LOL".



LOL (third-person singular simple present LOLs, present participle LOLing, simple past and past participle LOLed or LOLd or LOL'd)

  1. To laugh out loud.


LOL (plural LOLs)

  1. (US, British commonwealth, Ireland) Loyal Orange Lodge, a prefix given to all branches of the Loyal Orange Order. For example, LOL 1 is Portadown branch.
  2. (informal, sometimes pejorative) little old lady

See also


  • [1] UK house of commons discussing a Loyal Orange Lodge.





  1. (Internet slang, text messaging) LOL


For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:LOL.