light-o'-love

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n light-o'-love a woman inconstant in love
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Light-o'-love An old tune of a dance, the name of which made it a proverbial expression of levity, especially in love matters. "Best sing it to the tune of light-o'-love ."
    • Light-o'-love Hence: A light or wanton woman; a woman inconstant in love. Called also light-of-love.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Light-o'-love a capricious and wanton woman: an old dance tune
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. leóht; Ger. leicht, Ice. léttr; L. lĕvis.

Usage

In literature:

Lola had not done nearly as much harm as some of Ludwig's lights o' love.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham
O great Alleuher, a new light has been made to shine for tonight, revealing his love in the deeds of his might.
"The Secret of the Creation" by Howard D. Pollyen
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" by Various
And lightly and freely her dark tresses play O'er a brow and a bosom as lovely as they!
"The Liberty Minstrel" by George W. Clark
Best sing it to the tune of 'Light o' love.
"Two Gentlemen of Verona" by William Shakespeare
Blest be thy loving light, where'er it spills, And blessed be thy face, O Mother Mild!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 356, June, 1845" by Various
She is but a light o' love, and you were built for a better mate.
"Marjorie" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
O light, O truth, O love, let me climb your ladders of gold!
"Saronia" by Richard Short
He had still another turn with a light-o'-love.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
There is where the "light o' loves" have the great advantage.
"Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6) The Deacon's Adventures At Chattanooga In Caring For The Boys" by John McElroy
Light-o'-love, tune of dance, 429.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare" by Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
Through light, O God, to thee, Who art the love of love, the eternal light of light!
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 16" by Various
Blest be thy loving light, where'er it spills, And blessed thy fair face, O mother mild!
"Heathen Mythology" by Various
Your light o' love is naught to me.
"A Pasteboard Crown" by Clara Morris
And send any light o' love a-packing at the first apropos!
"The Little Red Foot" by Robert W. Chambers
Warm-lighted glances, Love's Ephemeral, Shoot gayly o'er the dishes and the wine.
"Browning and His Century" by Helen Archibald Clarke
Between a presentation and no presentation lay all the difference between uncrowned queen and a light o' love.
"Superwomen" by Albert Payson Terhune
I knew she was no light o' love, but only came from foreign lands.
"Agincourt" by G. P. R. (George Payne Rainsford) James
I tell you I've had you in my prayers time and again, when I thought you'd made a light-o'-love o' my darling.
"Grim Tales" by Edith Nesbit
You are as far above these lights-o'-love as the oak is above the weed!
"Paul and His Dog, v.1 (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIII)" by Charles Paul de Kock
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In poetry:

LOVER.
"What! those eyes of love and light,
Are they closed for aye?
They were as stars, that o'er the night
Shed a welcome ray."
"Love's Incredulity" by Peter John Allan
The light of love broke o'er the gloom,
And darkness, which beset our path;
Revealing to our view the doom
Of an Almighty's righteous wrath.
"Thanks For Temperance Light" by John Pierpont
O Thou who art above all height!
Our God, our Father, and our Friend!
Beneath thy throne of love and light,
We, thine adoring children, bend.
"Hymns for Ordination and Installation I" by John Pierpont
I am so weary, Love!—O! when
Shall rest, and peace, be mine again?—
Not till above my cold, cold bed,
The emerald turf be lightly spread !
"Song" by Eliza Acton
Well, we shall quickly pass the night
To the fair coasts of perfect light;
Then shall our joyful senses rove
O'er the dear object of our love.
"Hymn 16 Part 2" by Isaac Watts
She has mounted on her true love's steed,
By the ae light o' the moon;
She has whipped him and spurred him,
And roundly she rade frae the toun.
"Sir Roland" by Andrew Lang