Definition of pillaloo in English:

pillaloo

verb

Irish English
  • no object To cry pillaloo; to moan, howl.

exclamation

Irish English
rare
  • Expressing distress, sorrow, or grief: ‘oh!’, ‘alas!’, ‘woe!’, etc.

noun

Irish English
rare
  • An utterance of ‘pillaloo’; a cry of distress, a howl. Hence: an outcry, a noisy disturbance or altercation; uproar.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From pillaloo<br>mid 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Head (?1637–?1686), writer. From Irish puilliliú, puillilliú, fuililiú, etc. (interjection and noun) a hunting cry, clamour, also (now rare) shout of distress, of imitative origin.

Pronunciation

pillaloo

/ˈpɪləluː/