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Sense: 1
Date: 1600-1700
Origin: From a Scandinavian language.
Sense: 2
Date: 1600-1700
Origin: loun 'bad person' (15-19 centuries) (influenced by LOON1 (because of its wild sound) and by LOONY1)

loon

noun
     
Related topics: Birds
loon [countable]
1HBB a large North American bird that eats fish and that makes a long high sound
2 informal a silly or strange person - used humorously

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