Origin of coot
Examples from the Web for coot
Think sez I, I hope to gracious I haint made a coot of myself, and bid up too high.
That is a coot defending hearth and home against the despoiler; and bravely is that defence maintained.Unexplored Spain|Abel Chapman
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.The Parson O' Dumford|George Manville Fenn
That Paderewski, during the piano-playing days, wore a wig, and was actually as bald as a coot.The American Credo|George Jean Nathan
In places where it is abundant the purple swamp-hen is very sociable, and keeps much more to cover than does the coot.Jungle Folk|Douglas Dewar
British Dictionary definitions for coot
Word Origin for coot
Word Origin and History for coot
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.