Loof

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Loof (Naut) Formerly, some appurtenance of a vessel which was used in changing her course; -- probably a large paddle put over the lee bow to help bring her head nearer to the wind.
    • v. i Loof (Naut) See Luff.
    • n Loof (Bot) The spongelike fibers of the fruit of a cucurbitaceous plant (Luffa Ægyptiaca); called also vegetable sponge.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n loof The palm of the hand; also, the hand itself.
    • n loof A contrivance (apparently a paddle or an oar) for altering the course of a ship. See etymology.
    • n loof That part of a ship's bow where the sides begin to curve in toward the stem. See luff.
    • loof The earlier spelling of luff.
    • n loof A Middle English form of loaf.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Loof lōōf the after-part of a ship's bow where the planks begin to curve in towards the cut-water.
    • n Loof lōōf (Scot) the palm of the hand.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Luff
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. lófi.

Usage

In literature:

Your great people tink dey loof music, but dey loof better to laugh.
"The Christian A Story" by Hall Caine
Gie's your loof, hinny, and let Auld Merren spae it to ye bonny.
"David Balfour, Second Part" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He got a drap drink, and a recruiting party listed him in the king's name, wi' pitting a white shilling in his loof.
"The Life of Mansie Wauch Tailor in Dalkeith, written by himself" by David Macbeth Moir
In the second place I would not like to fall into the hands of a Loofs.
"At the Deathbed of Darwinism" by Eberhard Dennert
Getta long bamboo po', an' putta dissa po' up 'gainst house to shin up dissa loof.
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
He got a drap drink, and a recruiting party listed him in the king's name, wi' pitting a white shilling in his loof.
"The Life of Mansie Wauch tailor in Dalkeith" by D. M. Moir
He that lends his pot may seethe his kail in his loof.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Gie's your loof, hinny, and let Auld Merren spae it to ye bonny.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 11 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
It was not my hand, it was my father's; my hand is more black in the loof.
"Witch Stories" by E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
Both Loofs and Harnack contrast with "dogma" the work of individual thinkers, calling the latter "theology.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
But cross my loof again, hinny, for until siller again cross it, I canna see whether they are to be yours or no.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume I" by Various
The ill-deedy wratches, to blister a' my loof wi' the poker!
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
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In poetry:

Then he slippit the shillin' into his loof,
While the paidlar steekit his een;
Nor open'd them up till the man in black
Was naewhere to be seen.
"The Deil's Stane" by Alexander Anderson
Then he keekit into his loof, an' there
Lay anither gowd guinea bricht;
Sae he row'd it up wi' the first in a cloot,
An' thocht that a' was richt.
"The Deil's Stane" by Alexander Anderson
Verwilderd hoort zij Edwards zucht
In elk geritsel door de bladeren,
En telkens waant ze, dat ze in 't loof
Zijn bleekbestorven schim ziet naderen.
"Edward En Emma" by Jan Jakob Lodewijk ten Kate
For they aye hae min' o' the fiddler's death,
An' his loof wi' its spot sae black,
An' they winna gang near to Boglebriggs,
But turn in terror back."
"The Fiddler O' Boglebriggs" by Alexander Anderson
An' the truth is this, that wherever ye gang,
Let them hide it never sae weel,
A black spot lies on their loof whase greed
Mak's them fiddle to the deil.
"The Fiddler O' Boglebriggs" by Alexander Anderson
"But first," said the stranger, an' here he laid
In Gibby's loof a bricht
Roun' guinea, that seem'd as if fresh frae the mint,
For it gleam'd in the cannle licht.
"The Fiddler O' Boglebriggs" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

The argument against plain packaging is based on perverse logic, writes John Loof, chief executive of the Cancer Society Auckland.
Sweden's skipper Fredrik Loof and crew Max Salminen react after winning their men's star class keelboat medal race sailing competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games in Weymouth and Portland.
Funeral services for George Loof , 86, were held at 10:30 am, Thursday, October 18, at the First Presbyterian Church, Sibley, with Rev.
The argument against plain packaging is based on perverse logic, writes John Loof , chief executive of the Cancer Society Auckland.
Swedes Loof , Salminen upset British crew to win gold in sailing's Star class.
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