[ weth-er-kok ]
See synonyms for weathercock on
  1. a weather vane with the figure of a rooster on it.

  2. (loosely) any weather vane.

  1. a person who readily adopts the latest fads, opinions, etc.: The count is the weathercock of the jet set.

Origin of weathercock

First recorded in 1250–1300, weathercock is from the Middle English word wedercoc.See weather, cock1

Words Nearby weathercock Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use weathercock in a sentence

  • A weathercock and two towers visible amid the trees marked the site of the town.

    Marguerite | Anatole France
  • They were, in fact, clasped around the leg of the weathercock.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel | Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • And just then the wind came in a sudden gust and the weathercock flew around to face it.

  • I used to be a jolly weathercock, but now, with all this water around, I feel more like a lighthouse.

  • And just then the weathercock shouted something which sounded very much like "Periscope!"

British Dictionary definitions for weathercock


/ (ˈwɛðəˌkɒk) /

  1. a weather vane in the form of a cock

  2. a person who is fickle or changeable

  1. (intr) (of an aircraft) to turn or tend to turn into the wind

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