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English

Common loon with chick

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

from Middle English loun

popular etymology associates it slang-wise with lunatic, see loony.

Noun

Singular
loon

Plural
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  1. idler, lout
  2. (mainly Scottish; m.) boy, lad
  3. (mainly Scottish; f.) harlot; mistress
  4. (mainly Template loop detected: Template:context 1) simpleton; (also (slang)) crazy or deranged person.
  5. (Irish) English Soldier of an expeditionary army in Ireland.
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Etymology 2

of Scandinavian origin, akin to Old Norse lōmr 'loon', cfr. lament

Noun

Singular
loon

Plural
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loon ({{{1}}})
  1. 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.
Synonyms
  • (bird of order Gaviiformes): diver
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References

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

Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

loon (plural lonen, diminutive loontje) n.

  1. wage, pay, reward

Derived terms

Verb

loon

  1. singular present imperfect form of lonen

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