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1cuckoo

noun cuck·oo \ˈkü-(ˌ)kü, ˈk-\

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

plural cuckoos

Full Definition of CUCKOO

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
:  the call of the cuckoo
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>

Illustration of CUCKOO

Origin of CUCKOO

Middle English cuccu, of imitative origin
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl

2cuckoo

verb

Definition of CUCKOO

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

First Known Use of CUCKOO

1648

3cuckoo

adjective

: silly or crazy

: very enthusiastic

Full Definition of CUCKOO

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

First Known Use of CUCKOO

1627

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl
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