noun, plural cock·a·toos.
- a person who owns and works a small farm or ranch.
- Slang. a lookout posted by criminals or the operators of illegal gambling games.
Origin of cockatoo
Examples from the Web for cockatoo
When one can play the violin and can't teach, any more than a cockatoo, what's the good of wasting one's time in teaching?'Robert Elsmere|Mrs. Humphry Ward
The man on the land in Australia is represented by two classes, the squatter and the cockatoo farmer.The Awful Australian|Valerie Desmond
The cockatoo was sent in the cage by coach, and a perch, made of foreign wood, followed by the carrier.Tales from Many Sources|Various
"There is no need to be so angry, old lady," replied the cockatoo.The Cockatoo's Story|Mrs. George Cupples
Cockatoo then returned by boat to the Gartley jetty and told his master.The Green Mummy|Fergus Hume
British Dictionary definitions for cockatoo
noun plural -toos
Word Origin for cockatoo
Word Origin and History for cockatoo
1610s, from Dutch kaketoe, from Malay kakatua, possibly echoic, or from kakak "elder brother or sister" + tua "old." Also cockatiel (1880), from Dutch diminutive kaketielje (1850), which is perhaps influenced by Portuguese. Spelling influenced by cock (n.1).