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lo Syllabification: lo

Definition of lo in English:


Used to draw attention to an interesting or amazing event: and lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them


lo and behold
Used to present a new scene, situation, or turn of events, often with the suggestion that although 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
More example sentences
  • I did what he suggested and lo and behold, I had the power to beat those road monsters.
  • And lo and behold, I think he's out of the government now, which is a really good thing.
  • I was walking through Chelsea last night when, lo and behold, I see a laundromat.


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

Words that rhyme with lo

aglow, ago, alow, although, apropos, art nouveau, Bamako, Bardot, beau, Beaujolais Nouveau, below, bestow, blow, bo, Boileau, bons mots, Bordeaux, Bow, bravo, bro, cachepot, cheerio, Coe, crow, Defoe, de trop, doe, doh, dos-à-dos, do-si-do, dough, dzo, Flo, floe, flow, foe, foreknow, foreshow, forgo, Foucault, froe, glow, go, good-oh, go-slow, grow, gung-ho, Heathrow, heave-ho, heigh-ho, hello, ho, hoe, ho-ho, jo, Joe, kayo, know, low, maillot, malapropos, Marceau, mho, Miró, mo, Mohs, Monroe, mot, mow, Munro, no, Noh, no-show, oh, oho, outgo, outgrow, owe, Perrault, pho, po, Poe, pro, quid pro quo, reshow, righto, roe, Rouault, row, Rowe, sew, shew, show, sloe, slow, snow, so, soh, sow, status quo, stow, Stowe, strow, tally-ho, though, throw, tic-tac-toe, to-and-fro, toe, touch-and-go, tow, trow, undergo, undersow, voe, whacko, whoa, wo, woe, Xuzhou, yo, yo-ho-ho, Zhengzhou, Zhou
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