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). Or, related to sense 2, due to the bird's loud cry.[1] Folk etymology associates it slang-wise with lunatic, though the latter may have influenced it; see loony.

Noun[edit]

loon (plural loons)

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

Common loon with chick

Of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse lómr (loon), ultimately imitative of the bird's cry, particularly when it's in danger. Distantly related to lament, probably sharing Proto-Indo-European *leh₂- (expressive root).

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, from Middle Dutch loon, from Old Dutch lōn.

Noun[edit]

loon (plural lone)

  1. wage

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Dutch loon, from Old Dutch lōn.

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loon n (plural lonen, diminutive loontje n)

  1. wage, pay, reward
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Etymology 2[edit]

See etymology on the main entry.

Verb[edit]

loon

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

Ingrian[edit]

Postposition[edit]

loon

  1. at

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 .

Noun[edit]

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