It was thou as clomb into wucks through the window, and coot all the bands, and left thee knife behind to bear witness again thee.
I hear the noise of a coot proceeding from the reeds of a pond.
It has always appeared to me, that the object of poonishment, is a not to make us coot, but to make us obedient.
Putt when Nature says "No further," then it is no coot snapping your fingers in her face.
The coot, although fairly numerous on the Broads, appears to be far less so than formerly.
Vit smoking, no; you cannot smok vat is coot; it is all pad togeder.
The coot is less often seen, but the heron will be often disturbed from its busy occupation on the shallows.
“Dinna lat him coot it off, Meester Stevey, sir,” he whispered.
It is to be noted that the coot never covers up its eggs, as its ally the moor-hen usually does.
The nest and eggs of the coot are very like those of the common Moorhen.
c.1300, cote, used for various water fowl (now limited to Fulica atra and, in North America, F. americana), of uncertain origin. Cf. Dutch meercoet "lake coot." Meaning "silly person, fool" is attested from 1766.
A stupid or silly person, usually an aged one: a harmless old coot (1760s+)