loof

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English lufe, love, lofe, luf (palm of the hand), from Old English lōf, *lōfa, from Proto-Germanic *lōfô (palm of the hand; paw; oar blade, paddle).

Noun[edit]

loof (plural loofs)

  1. (anatomy, now chiefly dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) The palm of the hand.
  2. (anatomy, now chiefly dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) The hand, especially, the hand outspread and upturned.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English lof (a contrivance for altering a ship's course, paddle, oar), from Middle Dutch loef (an oar or paddle used in steering), ultimately from the same origin as Etymology 1.

Noun[edit]

loof (plural loofs)

  1. (nautical, obsolete) A contrivance (apparently a paddle or an oar) used for altering the course of a ship.
  2. (nautical) The after part of the bow of a ship where the sides begin to curve.

Etymology 3[edit]

Noun[edit]

loof (uncountable)

  1. The spongy fibers of the fruit of a cucurbitaceous plant (Luffa aegyptiaca).

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for loof in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch lôof, from Old Dutch *lōf, from Proto-Germanic *laubą.

Noun[edit]

loof n (uncountable)

  1. foliage
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Etymology 2[edit]

Non-lemma forms.

Verb[edit]

loof

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

Middle Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch *lōf, from Proto-Germanic *laubą.

Noun[edit]

lôof n

  1. leaf
  2. foliage, leaves

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Further reading[edit]

  • loof”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • loof (I)”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929