Definition of Gardyloo

1. n. An old cry in throwing water, slops, etc., from the windows in Edingburgh.



Definition of Gardyloo

1. Interjection. (obsolete) Used by servants in medieval Scotland to warn passers-by of waste about to be thrown from a window into the street below. ¹

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Definition of Gardyloo

1. used as a warning cry [interj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Gardyloo

gardenia
gardenias
gardening
gardening leave
gardenless
gardenlike
gardenly
gardens
gardensful
gardenwork
garderobe
garderobes
gardner syndrome
gardon
gardyloo (current term)
gardyloos
gare
garefowl
garefowls
garfish
garfishes
gargalesis
gargalesthesia
garganey
garganeys
gargantua
gargantuan
gargantuan mastitis

Literary usage of Gardyloo

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1. The Book of Old Edinburgh: With Historical Accounts of the Buildings Therein by John Charles Dunlop, Alison Hay Dunlop (1896)
"... When 'gardyloo' (gardes I'eau) was one of the voices of the night, a shower of comparatively pure water—blessed or unblessed—would be a mere bagatelle! ..."

2. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland by Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (1862)
"... when they had possession of the town), and the streets and closes resounded with one universal cry, gardyloo I Dr Jamieson, in his Dictionary, ..."

3. The Story of Edinburgh by William Henry Oliphant Smeaton (1905)
"One never knew the moment when the warning cry " gardyloo " (a corruption of the French phrase " Gardez af eau ") might ring out, following which would come ..."

4. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"... ('protect yourself from the water') does not suit, ami the phrase is not found in F. The real origin is F. gare l'eau, used just like gardyloo, lit. ..."

5. Edinburgh and Its Story by William Henry Oliphant Smeaton (1904)
"One never knew the moment when the warning cry " gardyloo " (a corruption of the French phrase " Gardez a I'eau ") might ring out, following which would ..."

6. Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal by Scottish Mountaineering Club (1920)
"The deepest snow bed, where the main gully forks into the Tower Gully (on right) and gardyloo (on left), was found to be 9 to 10 feet in depth, ..."

7. The Quarterly Review by John Gibson Lockhart, George Walter Prothero, William Gifford, Sir John Taylor Coleridge, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, Baron Rowland Edmund Prothero Ernle, Sir William Smith (1901)
"... and as drunken as the Scotland of ' gardyloo' and the ' cutty- stool,' which, all through Mr Graham's volumes, ..."

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