[ kuhk-uhld ]
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  1. the husband of an unfaithful wife.

verb (used with object)
  1. to make a cuckold of (a husband).

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

Other words from cuckold

  • cuck·old·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for cuckold


/ (ˈkʌkəld) /

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

  1. (tr) to make a cuckold of

Origin of 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

Derived forms of cuckold

  • cuckoldry, noun

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