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cuckold

[ kuhk-uhld ]
/ ˈkʌk əld /
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noun

the husband of an unfaithful wife.

verb (used with object)

to make a cuckold of (a husband).

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Origin of cuckold

1200–50; Middle English cukeweld, later cok(k)ewold, cukwold<Anglo-French *cucuald (compare Middle French cucuault), equivalent to Old French cocucuckoo + -ald,-alt pejorative suffix (see ribald); apparently originally applied to an adulterer, in allusion to the cuckoo's habit of laying its eggs in other birds' nests
cuck·old·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for cuckold

cuckold
/ (ˈkʌkəld) /

noun

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

verb

(tr) to make a cuckold of
cuckoldry, noun
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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