an awkward, stupid person; clumsy, ill-mannered boor; oaf.
verb (used with object)
to flout; treat with contempt; scorn.
verb (used with or without object)
to bend, stoop, or bow, especially in respect or courtesy.
a crude or oafish person; boor
(intransitive) (archaic) to bow or stoop
1540s, “awkward fellow, clown, bumpkin,” perhaps from a dialectal survival of Middle English louten (v.) “bow down” (c.1300), from Old English lutan “bow low,” from Proto-Germanic *lut- “to bow, bend, stoop” (cf. Old Norse lutr “stooping,” which might also be the source of the modern English word), from PIE *leud- “to lurk” (cf. Gothic luton “to deceive,” Old English lot “deceit), also “to be small” (see little). Non-Germanic cognates probably include Lithuanian liudeti “to mourn;” Old Church Slavonic luditi “to deceive,” ludu “foolish.” Sense of “cad” is first attested 1857 in British schoolboy slang.
- Loud and clear
Easily audible and understandable. For example, They told us, loud and clear, what to do in an emergency, or You needn’t repeat it—I hear you loud and clear. This expression gained currency in the military during World War II to acknowledge radio messages ( I read you loud and clear) although it originated in the […]
[loud] /laʊd/ adjective, louder, loudest. 1. (of sound) strongly audible; having exceptional volume or intensity: loud talking; loud thunder; loud whispers. 2. making, emitting, or uttering strongly audible sounds: a quartet of loud trombones. 3. clamorous, vociferous, or blatant; noisy: a loud party; a loud demonstration. 4. emphatic or insistent: to be loud in one’s […]
[loosh] /luʃ/ adjective 1. dubious; shady; disreputable. /luːʃ/ adjective 1. shifty or disreputable adj. “dubious, disreputable,” 1819, from French louche “squinting,” from Old French lousche, lois (12c.) “cross-eyed, squint-eyed, lop-sided,” from Latin lusca, fem. of luscus “one-eyed,” of unknown origin.
[lwahng-prah-bahng] /ˈlwɑŋ prɑˈbɑŋ/ noun 1. a city in N Laos, on the Mekong River: former royal capital.