- (slang) Alternative spelling of
Back slang for look.
- (obsolete, costermongers) To look; to pay attention to with one’s eyes.
- 1903 October 1, Pierson, Rev. Arthur Tappan, quoting Hogg, Quintin, “Quintin Hogg and the London Polytechnic”, in Missionary Review of the World, volume 26, number 16, page 734:
- We had not been engaged in our reading very long when at the far end of the arch I noticed a twinkling light. "Kool esclop!" shouted one of the boys, at the same moment doucing the glim and bolting with his companion, leaving me in the dark with my upset beer bottle and my douced candle, forming a spectacle which seemed to arouse suspicion on the part of our friend the policeman, whose light it was that had appeared in the distance.
- 2014 October 18, “Golborne Road, Miscellaneous Memories”, in Wordpress, retrieved 2017-06-06:
- “Kool retfa the posh” he’d call to Mum, “I’m going to ekat the yenom to the kaynab” Somewhere Dad had learnt Backslang and this was the preferred medium of communication between him and Mum when there were customers in the shop. What he had just said was, “Look after the shop, I’m taking the money to the bank”
From Middle Dutch cole, from Old Dutch *kol, *kolo, from Proto-Germanic *kulą, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷol-, from *ǵwelH- (“to burn, shine”). May originate from a neuter plurale tantum that was reanalysed as a feminine singular; compare Old Norse kol. Cognate with West Frisian koal, German Kohle, English coal, Danish kul.
- (carbon): koolstof
|partitive||kooli||koole / koolisid|
|illative||kooli / koolisse||koolidesse|