Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • interjection Used to attract attention or to show surprise.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A North American Indian.
  • Look! see! behold! observe!—used to invoke or direct the particular attention of a person to some object or subject of interest.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • interjection Look; see; behold; observe.

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  • interjection archaic Look, see, behold (in an imperative sense).
  • phrase colloquial hello ('lo; see hallo)
  • adjective Informal spelling of low.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old English .]

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From Middle English lo, loo, from Old English  (exclamation of surprise, grief, or joy). Conflated in Middle English by lo! (interjection), a corruption of lok!, loke! ("look!") (as in lo we! (look we!)). Cognate with Scots lo, lu ("lo"). See also look.

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Variant of low.

Examples

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  • Awake! for Heaven in the Bowl of Night

    Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to flight;

    And lo!, the Hunter of the East has caught

    The Sultan's Turret in a Noose of Light.

    First stanza of Edward FitzGerald's first translation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

    Interesting side note: every word of the stanza is listed on Wordie save 'puts' as of this writing.

    December 16, 2006

  • hot Swedish punch made of red wine, brandy, and sherry flavored with almonds, raisins, and orange peel. glogg

    December 15, 2008

  • The first message ever to be sent over the ARPANET (sent over the first host-to-host connection) occurred at 10:30 PM on October 29, 1969. It was sent by UCLA student programmer Charley Kline and supervised by UCLA Professor Leonard Kleinrock. The message was sent from the UCLA SDS Sigma 7 Host computer to the SRI SDS 940 Host computer. The message itself was simply the word "login." The "l" and the "o" transmitted without problem but then the system crashed. Hence, the first message on the ARPANET was "lo". They were able to do the full login about an hour later.

    (Source: Wikipedia)

    June 5, 2009