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weathercock

[weth-er-kok]
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noun
  1. a weather vane with the figure of a rooster on it.
  2. (loosely) any weather vane.
  3. a person who readily adopts the latest fads, opinions, etc.: The count is the weathercock of the jet set.
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Origin of weathercock

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

feather, fan, weathercock, cock, vane, anemometer, windsock

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Historical Examples of weathercock

  • They are as careful of the age as the weathercock is of the wind.

    The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)

    John Greenleaf Whittier

  • Rubbing his eyes, he told her to go and look at the weathercock.

  • They were, in fact, clasped around the leg of the weathercock.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • "I told Jemima to look at the weathercock," murmured Mrs. Skratdj.

    The Peace Egg and Other tales

    Juliana Horatia Ewing

  • "Moreover, they are tedious things to converse with," said the Weathercock.

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales

    Hans Christian Andersen


British Dictionary definitions for weathercock

weathercock

noun
  1. a weather vane in the form of a cock
  2. a person who is fickle or changeable
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verb
  1. (intr) (of an aircraft) to turn or tend to turn into the wind
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