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coot

noun \ˈküt\

: a type of black and gray bird that lives on or near the water

: a strange and usually old man

Full Definition of COOT

1
:  any of various slaty-black birds (genus Fulica) of the rail family that somewhat resemble ducks and have lobed toes and the upper mandible prolonged on the forehead as a horny frontal shield
2
:  any of several North American scoters
3
:  a harmless simple person; broadly :  fellow 4c

Examples of COOT

  1. Don't mind him—he's just a crazy old coot.

Origin of COOT

Middle English coote; akin to Dutch koet coot
First Known Use: 15th century

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