cuckoo clock

  1. a wall or shelf clock, often carved and decorated, that announces the hours by a sound like the call of the cuckoo, usually accompanied by the appearance of an imitation bird through a little door.

Origin of cuckoo clock

First recorded in 1775–85

Words Nearby cuckoo clock Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cuckoo clock in a sentence

  • "Your grace has missed the last train," said Lady Belgrade, at length, as the little cuckoo clock on the mantel shelf struck ten.

    The Lost Lady of Lone | E.D.E.N. Southworth

British Dictionary definitions for cuckoo clock

cuckoo clock

  1. a clock in which a mechanical cuckoo pops out with a sound like a cuckoo's call when the clock strikes

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