AskDefine | Define loo

Dictionary Definition

loo n : a toilet in England [syn: water closet, closet, W.C.]

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Etymology 1

Unknown; possible origins include:
  • French lieu, place
  • A particular brand of early toilet cisterns, trademarked 'Waterloo'.
  • (fancifully) the exclamation "gare à l'eau!" ("mind the water!") used when emptying a chamber pot out of a window;
  • the numbering of 00 on a toilet in a building


  1. In the context of "colloquial|UK|Australian English": toilet

Etymology 2

From Chinese


  • Chinese:
    • Simplified Chinese: 卢 (lú pái xì)
    • Traditional Chinese: 盧

Extensive Definition

Loo may refer to:
In geography:
In architecture:
In other fields:
loo in Czech: Loo (rozcestník)
loo in German: Loo
loo in Italian: LOO
loo in Dutch: Loo
loo in Dutch Low Saxon: Loo
loo in Swedish: Loo

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

WC, backhouse, basement, bathroom, can, closet, comfort station, convenience, crapper, earth closet, head, john, johnny, johnny house, latrine, lavatory, necessary, outhouse, pot, potty, powder room, privy, rest room, throne, toilet, toilet room, urinal, washroom, water closet
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