noun, plural cuck·oos.
verb (used without object), cuck·ooed, cuck·oo·ing.
verb (used with object), cuck·ooed, cuck·oo·ing.
Origin of cuckoo
Examples from the Web for cuckoo
Contemporary Examples of cuckoo
We understand—who would want to give up the angelic Keita, even if it means raising a cuckoo?The Oscar International Film Festival: ‘Stranger By the Lake’ and Foreign Films You Should Watch
February 2, 2014
She Said: Jace, their daughter was on the verge of another home invasion at the hands of Cuckoo Disfigured Larry.The Craziest Show on TV
Jace Lacob, Maria Elena Fernandez
November 7, 2011
Historical Examples of cuckoo
The cuckoo clock struck nine, and Claude made a gesture of annoyance.His Masterpiece
Perhaps it was only the striking of the cuckoo clock in my room.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
When you get the cuckoo into the garden, build a wall round and keep it in.'A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
For it's not I'll be the cuckoo to push you out, McMurrough, lad.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
Come, my cuckoo; here we are at the bottom of the valley; now or never.Hidden Hand
Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
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.