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  • n. A meaningless chant or refrain.
  • n. An old trick-taking card game (also known as loo), where each player is dealt three or five cards. It gained much popularity in England in the 17th century, as a gambling game or a domestic pastime.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An old name of loo (a).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A game of cards, now commonly called loo, sometimes lant. See loo.


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French lanturlu, originally the refrain of a sixteenth-century song.



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  • My eye caught at the game push-pin in the examples.

    September 15, 2011

  • From the examples: “Loire was kneading his dough; his wife was sifting meal; Oudart was toping in his office; the gentlemen were playing at tennis; the Lord Basche at in-and-out with my lady; the waiting-men and gentle-women at push-pin; the officers at lanterloo, and the pages at hot-cockles, giving one another smart bangs.” --Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 4

    September 15, 2011