[ kuhk-uh ld ]
/ ˈkʌk əld /


the husband of an unfaithful wife.

verb (used with object)

to make a cuckold of (a husband).

Nearby words

  1. cuboidal epithelium,
  2. cuchifrito,
  3. cuchulain,
  4. cuchulainn,
  5. cucking stool,
  6. cuckold's knot,
  7. cuckoldry,
  8. cuckoo,
  9. cuckoo bee,
  10. cuckoo clock

Origin of cuckold

1200–50; Middle English cukeweld, later cok(k)ewold, cukwold < Anglo-French *cucuald (compare Middle French cucuault), equivalent to Old French cocu cuckoo + -ald, -alt pejorative suffix (see ribald); apparently orig. applied to an adulterer, in allusion to the cuckoo's habit of laying its eggs in other birds' nests

Related formscuck·old·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cuckold


/ (ˈkʌkəld) /


a man whose wife has committed adultery, often regarded as an object of scorn


(tr) to make a cuckold of
Derived Formscuckoldry, noun

Word Origin for cuckold

C13 cukeweld, from Old French cucuault, from cucu cuckoo; perhaps an allusion to the parasitic cuckoos that lay their eggs in the nests of other birds

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