- a congenitally grossly deformed and mentally defective person.
- a foolish person.
- a person who spends time idly daydreaming.
Origin of mooncalf
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Examples from the Web for mooncalf
I turned and saw a knight, who asked me why I gaped like a mooncalf at the torn bird.King Arthur's Knights
And tie 'em in any string, or do you take me for a mooncalf?Wilderness of Spring
Only a mooncalf, with a porridge-bowl instead of a head, could have mistaken these remarks.
Once when I heard the word ‘mooncalf’ and asked what it meant, some one at home told me that mooncalves were deformed children.Sleep Walking and Moon Walking
Isidor Isaak Sadger
In 1661, one of Dame Ursula's particular orders to Mooncalf was to froth the cans well.Merrie England In The Olden Time, Vol. 2 (of 2)
- a born fool; dolt
- a person who idles time away
- obsolete a freak or monster