verb (used with object)
- cuboidal epithelium,
- cucking stool,
- cuckold's knot,
- cuckoo bee,
- cuckoo clock
Origin of cuckold
Examples from the Web for cuckold
By definition, of course, a cuckold is the “husband of an adulteress.”The Cuckolding Fetish: When Your Wife’s Cheating Turns You On|Aurora Snow|February 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He replied, sitting down to table: "Exactly, and there is nothing in the way of it now that cuckold of a Forestier is dead."The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 6|Guy de Maupassant
I knew what I was about, and did not fear to be made a cuckold in spite of myself.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
The character of cuckold is indelible: who once has it carries it to his grave; the punishment proclaims it more than the fault.The Essays of Montaigne, Complete|Michel de Montaigne
Word Origin for cuckold
mid-13c., kukewald, from Old French cucuault, from cocu (see cuckoo) + pejorative suffix -ault, of Germanic origin. So called from the female bird's alleged habit of changing mates, or her authentic habit of leaving eggs in another bird's nest.
In Modern French the identity is more obvious: Coucou for the bird and cocu for the betrayed husband. German Hahnrei (13c.), from Low German, is of obscure origin. The second element seems to be connected to words for "ardent," and suggests perhaps "sexually aggressive hen," with transferal to humans, but Kluge suggests rather a connection to words for "capon" and "castrated." Related: Cuckoldry.
1580s, from cuckold (n.). Related: Cuckolded; cuckolding.