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

  • n. Irish A lake.
  • n. Irish A bay or an inlet of the sea.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lake or long, narrow inlet, especially in Ireland

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • of laugh.
  • n. A loch or lake; -- so spelt in Ireland.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A lake: same as loch, especially with reference to lakes in Ireland.
  • n. A cavity in a rock.
  • n. An obsolete preterit of laugh.

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

  • n. Irish word for a lake
  • n. a long narrow (nearly landlocked) cove in Ireland


Middle English, from Old English luh, ultimately from Old Irish loch.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Irish loch. (Wiktionary)



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  • An Irishman skilled in the talk
    Can outpace a laconic Jock.
    Take note how it's spelt
    By the wordier Celt
    And savor the grandeur of "lough!"

    January 10, 2016