Dictionary.com

woodcock

[ wood-kok ]
/ ˈwʊdˌkɒk /
Save This Word!

noun, plural wood·cocks, (especially collectively) wood·cock for 1, 2.
either of two plump, short-legged migratory game birds of variegated brown plumage, the Eurasian Scolopax rusticola and the smaller American Philohela minor.
any of various pileated or ivory-billed woodpeckers.
Archaic. a simpleton.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of woodcock

before 1050; Middle English wodecok,Old English wuducoc.See wood1, cock1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use woodcock in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for woodcock

woodcock
/ (ˈwʊdˌkɒk) /

noun
an Old World game bird, Scolopax rusticola, resembling the snipe but larger and having shorter legs and neck: family Scolopacidae (sandpipers, etc), order Charadriiformes
a related North American bird, Philohela minor
obsolete a simpleton
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK