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cock-a-doodle-doo

[kok-uh-dood-l-doo]
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interjection
  1. (used as a conventionalized expression to suggest the crowing of a rooster, as in stories for children.)
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noun, plural cock-a-doo·dle-doos.
  1. the loud crow of a cock.
  2. Baby Talk. a rooster.
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verb (used without object), cock-a-doo·dle-dooed, cock-a-doo·dle-doo·ing.
  1. to crow.
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Origin of cock-a-doodle-doo

First recorded in 1565–75; fanciful imitative
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Examples from the Web for cock-a-doodle-doo

Historical Examples

  • I should like to see you jump on a fence and cry ‘Cock-a-doodle-doo’ at my father.

    Glyn Severn's Schooldays

    George Manville Fenn

  • Cock-a-doodle-doo, sugar and brandy, pretty darling; but what is that in your nostril?

    Cats

    W. Gordon Stables

  • The dragon wagged his head, and the cock crowed, "Cock-a-doodle-doo!"

    The Overall Boys in Switzerland

    Eulalie Osgood Grover

  • "Cock-a-doodle-doo," he shouted, imitating the crow of a rooster.

  • Over the waste of waters came his shrill 'Cock-a-doodle-doo!'

    Miss Elliot's Girls

    Mrs Mary Spring Corning


British Dictionary definitions for cock-a-doodle-doo

cock-a-doodle-doo

interjection
  1. an imitation or representation of a cock crowing
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Word Origin and History for cock-a-doodle-doo

1570s, imitative; cf. French cocorico, German kikeriki, Latin cucurire, Russian kikareku, Vietnamese cuc-cu, Arabic ko-ko, etc.

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