loon

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English louen, lowen (rascal; rogue), probably of Middle Dutch or Middle Low German origin. Compare Dutch loen (simpleton). 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 North Germanic origin, ultimately from Old Norse lómr (loon). Distantly related to 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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  • 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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Verb[edit]

loon

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

Middle Dutch[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Dutch *lōn, from Proto-Germanic *launaz.

Noun[edit]

lôon m, n

  1. wage, payment for services or work
  2. reward
  3. value
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Etymology 2[edit]

Dative plural of .

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lôon ?

  1. Borgloon (a city)
  2. Loon (a county)
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Further reading[edit]

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

Scots[edit]

Noun[edit]

loon (plural loons)

  1. (Doric) boy, young man