from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An old tune of a dance, the name of which made it a proverbial expression of levity, especially in love matters.
  • n. A flirtatious or wanton woman.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An old tune of a dance, the name of which made it a proverbial expression of levity, especially in love matters.
  • n. Hence: A light or wanton woman; a woman inconstant in love. Called also light-of-love.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A light, capricious woman; a wanton coquette.
  • n. An old dance-tune.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a woman inconstant in love


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  • The nurse and the guards believed FitzRoy was serving as Lord Denno's excuse for being in the area, in order to see his imaginary light-o'-love.

    This Scepter'd Isle

  • And watching his luck was his light-o'-love, the lady that's known as Lou.

    The Shooting of Dan McGrew

  • It was that, during her "Bohemian" period, he had endeavoured to fill the empty niche left in her affections by the departure of that light-o'-love, Captain Lennox, and had been repulsed for his pains.

    The Magnificent Montez From Courtesan to Convert

  • Even on the mornings when I heard Dan's step, soft and wary on the cobbles, before the sun was up, and knew by the look of him, and the gruffness in his voice, that he had travelled many a weary mile from his light-o'-love, and that sleep had not troubled him, I would hear the stable door opening and Dan whistling like the cheery early bird as he opened the corn-kist.

    The McBrides A Romance of Arran

  • That is why a priest's light-o'-love is always some honest man's wife.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 103, May, 1866

  • In a brilliant gleam of electric light, shot from the train in the darkness, I thought I saw the face of my Dolores, with a white gag across the mouth, but the idea seemed so preposterous that I did not give it another thought, thinking it to be some phantom of an overwrought brain, and the woman some light-o'-love of the desperado.

    A Queen's Error

  • Consider – I give them in Shillitoe's formation – the choices open to us: above self-love dove shove glove true-love love lady-love light-o'-love

    Try Anything Twice

  • "Why, your light-o'-love, for sure, friend, as we found along o 'you on a lonely island, _amigo_."

    Martin Conisby's Vengeance

  • "So do you yearn ever for your light-o'-love, for your vanished Joan -- your Damaris that left you --"

    Martin Conisby's Vengeance

  • His conversation with "Mame," his light-o'-love, was conducted along this line:

    Biltmore Oswald The Diary of a Hapless Recruit


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