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cuckoo

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noun cuck·oo \ˈkü-(ˌ)kü, ˈku̇-\

Simple Definition of cuckoo

  • : a type of bird that lays its eggs in the nests of other birds and that has a call that sounds like its name

Full Definition of cuckoo

plural cuckoos

  1. 1 :  a largely grayish-brown European bird (Cuculus canorus) that is a parasite given to laying its eggs in the nests of other birds which hatch them and rear the offspring; broadly :  any of a large family (Cuculidae of the order Cuculiformes) to which this bird belongs

  2. 2 :  the call of the cuckoo

  3. 3 :  a silly or slightly crackbrained person

Examples of cuckoo

  1. <one cuckoo at the campground tried to boil soup in a plastic cup>

  2. <didn't want to be among those cuckoos who race around the mall the day before Christmas>



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Origin of cuckoo

Middle English cuccu, of imitative origin


First Known Use: 13th century


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cuckoo

verb cuck·oo

Definition of cuckoo

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to repeat monotonously as a cuckoo does its call



1648

First Known Use of cuckoo

1648


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cuckoo

adjective cuck·oo

Simple Definition of cuckoo

  • : silly or crazy

  • : very enthusiastic

Full Definition of cuckoo

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or resembling the cuckoo

  2. 2 :  deficient in sense or intelligence :  silly

Examples of cuckoo

  1. <a cuckoo woman who wandered around town carefully gathering up useless trash>

  2. <offered a completely cuckoo suggestion for using the defunct strip mall>



1627

First Known Use of cuckoo

1627



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