noun, plural cuck·oos.
verb (used without object), cuck·ooed, cuck·oo·ing.
verb (used with object), cuck·ooed, cuck·oo·ing.
- cucking stool,
- cuckold's knot,
- cuckoo bee,
- cuckoo clock,
- cuckoo shrike,
- cuckoo spit,
- cuckoo wasp
Origin of cuckoo
Examples from the Web for cuckoo
We understand—who would want to give up the angelic Keita, even if it means raising a cuckoo?
She Said: Jace, their daughter was on the verge of another home invasion at the hands of Cuckoo Disfigured Larry.
Only the cuckoo of our common birds builds so flimsy a nest as the dove's adored darling.Birds Every Child Should Know|Neltje Blanchan
Inside the copse the doves were cooing, squirrels leaping, the cuckoo crying, as the mite went along.Golden Moments|Anonymous
Before she had waited for green leaves and anemones, and the song of the thrush and the cuckoo.From a Swedish Homestead|Selma Lagerlf
The nightingale comes about the same time, and the cuckoo follows close.A Year in the Fields|John Burroughs
But the cuckoo is much paler on the back, and the bars of the breast are finer.Birds in Flight|W. P. Pycraft
noun plural -oos
verb -oos, -ooing or -ooed
Word Origin for cuckoo
mid-13c., from Old French cocu "cuckoo," also "cuckold," echoic of the male bird's mating cry (cf. Greek kokkyx, Latin cuculus, Middle Irish cuach, Sanskrit kokilas). Slang sense of "crazy" (adj.) is American English, 1918, but noun meaning "stupid person" is first recorded 1580s, perhaps from the bird's unvarying, oft-repeated call. The Old English name was geac, cognate with Old Norse gaukr, source of Scottish and northern English gowk. The Germanic words presumably originally were echoic, too, but had drifted in form. Cuckoo clock is from 1789.
see cloud-cuckoo land.