American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several fish-eating, diving birds of the genus Gavia of northern regions, having a short tail, webbed feet, and a laughlike cry.
- n. Informal One who is crazy or deranged.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stupid fellow; a clown: with various shades of intensity as an opprobrious epithet, like fool, dolt, etc.
- n. A four-toed diving bird of the genus Colymbus or Urinator. See Colymbidæ. There are several species, all inhabiting the northern hemisphere. The great northern diver, ring-necked loon, or ember-goose, C. torquatus or C. glacialis or Urinator imber, is from 30 to 36 inches long, and 4½ feet in stretch of wings; when adult it is glossy-black with greenish and purplish metallic reflections on the head and neck, which, with the back, are marked regularly with white spots. The under parts are white, and the bill is black. C. adamsi, the yellow-billed loon, is somewhat larger. The black-throated loon or diver, C. arcticus, resembles the foregoing, but is smaller, with much of the head clear bluish-gray. The red-throated loon, C. septentrionalis, is much like
C. arcticus, but is smaller still, and has a chestnut patch on the throat. Both the two smaller loons, the red- and the black-throated, are also called speckled loons, and a variety of the former, from the western coast of North America, is recognized as C. pacificus. (See diver, 1 .) The wild actions of the loon in escaping danger and its dismal cry (see looning) suggest the idea of insanity; whence the common (American) simile “as crazy as a loon.”
- n. A name used locally for several very different birds: in England, for some of the grebes, including the large Podiceps cristatus and the little dabchick, P. minor; by sailors often in the form loom, for the murre, Lomvia arra.
- n. 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.
- n. idler, lout
- n. Ulster boy, lad
- n. harlot; mistress
- n. simpleton; (also (slang)) crazy or deranged person.
- n. Ireland English Soldier of an expeditionary army in Ireland.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A sorry fellow; a worthless person; a rogue.
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of several aquatic, wed-footed, northern birds of the genus Urinator (formerly Colymbus), noted for their expertness in diving and swimming under water. The common loon, or great northern diver (Urinator imber, or Colymbus torquatus), and the red-throated loon or diver (Urinator septentrionalis), are the best known species. See diver.
- n. a worthless lazy fellow
- n. large somewhat primitive fish-eating diving bird of the northern hemisphere having webbed feet placed far back; related to the grebes
- n. a person with confused ideas; incapable of serious thought
- from Middle English loun (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps alteration of dialectal loom, guillemot, diver, from Old Norse lōmr.Probably from loon1 (from its loud cry) and influenced by lunatic. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A sad day for conservatives when this loon is the most influential, anyone who thinks this guy has credability I have no respect for and pity them.”
“The word "loon" is supposed to refer to its incapacity, and is from the same root as "lame.”
“To be compared to a surgery-addicted, alleged kiddy-fiddling loon is not funny, it is highly offensive .”
“So Alan Keyes, while still a loon, is now saner than many prominent Republicans.”
“Ca Native the only loon is you, since you give no specifics, is it looney to follow the US CONSITUTION, try reading the book and stop watching tv, you sound like a brainwashed msm drone.”
“The loon is a proud symbol of our great land, much like that other mighty, noble creature, the beaver.”
“What makes HeiGou a genocidal loon is that he thinks it would have been better to kill millions of additional people.”
“I believe the real loon is Chavez but I cannot support what Robertson said.”
“Cyndi Lauper is frequently described as a loon, and baseball great Darryl Strawberry quit (iced with classic Trump degradation for quitters, of course) in the third week.”
“And, yes, as you point out, you can’t make out what the rapid loon is saying to the congressman.”
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