Uncertain; possible origins include:
* French lieux'', short for ''lieux d'aisances ‘toilets’, literally ‘places of convenience’.
* A particular brand of early toilet cisterns, trademarked 'Waterloo'.
A common folk etymology is that the word comes from the exclamation gardyloo'', from French ''garde à l'eau ‘mind the water!’, used when emptying dirty water or slops out of a window onto the public sidewalk or street.
(colloquial, Australia, NZ, UK) A toilet.
* 2006 , Garth Thompson, Dov Fedler, The Guide?s Guide to Guiding , 3rd Edition, Jacana Media, South Africa,
* 2009 , Katharina Kane, The Gambia and Senegal , Lonely Planet,
- Ensure that the tents are well-sited and clean, rubbish bins empty and that the loos have toilet paper.
* 2010 , Meegan Jones, Sustainable Event Management: A Practical Guide , Earthscan,
- The lack of running water in rural areas often makes Western-style loos hygienic disasters. Suddenly the noncontact squat toilet doesn?t look like such a bad option any more (as long as you roll up your trouser legs).
- Waterless urinals are a great way of keeping the guys out of the cubicle toilets, keeping the urine separated from the solid waste (when using composting loos') and reducing water consumption if you have flush ' loos .
Shortened form of lanterloo.
The card game lanterloo.
To beat in the game of loo by winning every trick.
From (etyl) .
A hot, dusty wind in Bihar and the Punjab.
* 1888 , Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Man Who Would be King’, The Phantom ’Rickshaw and Other Tales , Folio Society 2005, p. 135:
English terms with unknown etymologies
- It was a pitchy black night, as stifling as a June night can be, and the loo , the red-hot wind from the westward, was booming among the tinder-dry trees and pretending that the rain was on its heels.
(countable, colloquial, often, childish) Excrement; faecal matter.
(uncountable, slang) Marijuana resin.
(uncountable, slang) champagne
- Who wants another glass of poo ?
* (excrement) crap, dung, feces, poop, shit (vulgar), shite, turd
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(colloquial, often, childish) To defecate.
(colloquial, euphemistic) Expression of displeasure or failure; shit!
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