Definition of Cuckoo

1. Noun. A man who is a stupid incompetent fool.

Exact synonyms: Bozo, Fathead, Goof, Goofball, Goose, Jackass, Twat, Zany
Generic synonyms: Fool, Muggins, Sap, Saphead, Tomfool
Derivative terms: Goof, Goofy, Goosey, Goosy, Zany, Zany

2. Verb. Repeat monotonously, like a cuckoo repeats his call.
Generic synonyms: Echo, Repeat

3. Noun. Any of numerous European and North American birds having pointed wings and a long tail.

Definition of Cuckoo

1. n. A bird belonging to Cuculus, Coccyzus, and several allied genera, of many species.

Definition of Cuckoo

1. Adjective. Crazy; not sane. ¹

2. Noun. Any of various birds, of the family ''Cuculidae'' (from Latin (term cuculus cuckoo lang=la)), famous for laying its eggs in the nests of other species; but especially the common cuckoo, ''Cuculus canorus'', that has a characteristic two-note call ¹

3. Noun. The sound of that particular bird. ¹

4. Noun. The bird shaped figure found in Swiss/German clocks (cuckoo clocks) or the clock itself. ¹

5. Noun. Someone found where they shouldn't be (used especially in the phrase 'A cuckoo in the nest'.) ¹

6. Noun. Someone who is crazy. ¹

7. Verb. To make the call of a cuckoo ¹

8. Verb. To repeat something incessantly ¹

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Definition of Cuckoo

1. to repeat monotonously [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Cuckoo

cucking stool
cuckoo (current term)
cuckoo's nest
cuckoo bread
cuckoo clock
cuckoo clocks
cuckoo dove
cuckoo flower
cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs
cuckoo sign
cuckoo spit

Literary usage of Cuckoo

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
"Green calk the cuckoo " the cuckold's quiris- ter" (Quip for an ... Of course, the word ¡я derived from the German cuckoo-clocks ..."

2. The Republic of Letters: A Selection, in Poetry and Prose, from the Works of edited by Alexander Whitelaw (1835)
"cuckoo, and cuckoo, and cuckoo! Who could swear—I would not—that their voices are clear As Nature's sweet speech at the spring of the year ? ..."

3. Publications by English Dialect Society (1875)
"We'd better put that job by this year, with the cuckoo coming along shortly. ... There'll be nothing but cuckoo oats this year,' said a man in the wet ..."

4. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1872)
"The nests contained two pipits' eggs and one cuckoo's, the former of which were hatched first. Within forty-eight hours after the hatching of the cuckoo, ..."

5. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1898)
"What is argued, bv Baldamus and others since him, is that each individual cuckoo is parasitic to one or two species, and has power to lay only one type of ..."

6. The Gentleman's Magazine (1882)
"V. THE cuckoo. AMONG the mysteries of Pan, what is there more puzzling than ... The young cuckoo, being naturally greedy, monopolises the food brought to ..."

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