- a congenitally grossly deformed and mentally defective person.
- a foolish person.
- a person who spends time idly daydreaming.
Origin of mooncalf
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Examples from the Web for moon-calf
If he is as you say, dye think he'll ever marry a moon-calf like Madge?The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Volume 2, Illustrated
Sir Walter Scott
It is not a moon-calf business, whatever that may be, and I will not give it up.Smith and the Pharaohs, and Other Tales
Henry Rider Haggard
As he passed the priest, his moon-calf countenance gave no hint of what he had been doing or thinking of.The Innocence of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
It should be plain to every one, even though he need not behave like a moon-calf, that "one" is alone in his thoughts.Etiquette
- a born fool; dolt
- a person who idles time away
- obsolete a freak or monster
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Word Origin and History for moon-calf
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