- any aquatic bird of the genus Fulica, as F. americana, of North America, and F. atra, of the Old World, characterized by lobate toes and short wings and tail.
- any of various other swimming or diving birds, especially the scoters.
- Informal. a foolish or crotchety person, especially one who is old.
Origin of coot
Examples from the Web for coot
Historical Examples of coot
Putt when Nature says "No further," then it is no coot snapping your fingers in her face.Strife (First Series Plays)
He's as lonely as a coot; it's a thousand pities he ever lost his wife.Saint's Progress
I hear the noise of a coot proceeding from the reeds of a pond.
Vit smoking, no; you cannot smok vat is coot; it is all pad togeder.The Red Man's Revenge
“Dinna lat him coot it off, Meester Stevey, sir,” he whispered.Steve Young
George Manville Fenn
- any aquatic bird of the genus Fulica, esp F. atra of Europe and Asia, having lobed toes, dark plumage, and a white bill with a frontal shield: family Rallidae (rails, crakes, etc)
- a foolish person, esp an old man (often in the phrase old coot)
Word Origin 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.