Gardyloo

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gardyloo An old cry in throwing water, slops, etc., from the windows in Edingburgh.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gardyloo Look out for the water: a cry formerly used in Edinburgh, Scotland, to warn passengers to beware of slops about to be thrown out of the window.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gardyloo gär′di-lōō the old warning cry of housewives in Edinburgh before throwing their slops out of the window into the street.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. gare l'eau, beware of the water
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pseudo-Fr. gare de l'eau—should be gare l'eau, 'beware of the water.'