Main definitions of lo in English

: lo1LO2

lo1

exclamation

archaic
  • Used to draw attention to an interesting or amazing event.

    ‘and lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them’
    look, see, lo
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Phrases

  • lo and behold

    • archaic Used to present a new scene, situation, or turn of events, often with the suggestion that, though surprising, it could in fact have been predicted.

      ‘you took me out and, lo and behold, I got home to find my house had been ransacked’
      • ‘Families and feminists square off in the tax debate over tax fairness - and lo and behold, families are winning.’
      • ‘Today though, I decided to call them myself - and lo and behold, they've promised not to send any more stuff to the wrong address.’
      • ‘So she went and turned the TV on, and lo and behold, there he was on television.’
      • ‘And lo and behold, I think he's out of the government now, which is a really good thing.’
      • ‘Then he went into hip hop and, lo and behold, it turned out fine.’
      • ‘But lo and behold, he finds himself in court and ordered, under the laws of the land, to increase his prices.’
      • ‘I did what he suggested and lo and behold, I had the power to beat those road monsters.’
      • ‘Sometimes other people happen to be championing the artist at the same time, and lo and behold, they get national radio play.’
      • ‘I was walking through Chelsea last night when, lo and behold, I see a laundromat.’
      • ‘And lo and behold, it turns out it was exactly a year ago today.’

Origin

Natural exclamation: first recorded as lā in Old English; reinforced in Middle English by a shortened form of loke ‘look!’, imperative of look.

Pronunciation

lo

/ləʊ/

Main definitions of lo in English

: lo1LO2

LO2

noun

informal
  • A person's young son or daughter (particularly used in online forums)

    ‘my LO doesn't nap during the day’

Origin

Early 21st century: abbreviation of little one.