cock·​shut ˈkäk-ˌshət How to pronounce cockshut (audio)
dialectal, England
: evening twilight

Word History


from the time poultry are shut in to rest

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cockshut was in 1592

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Cite this Entry

“Cockshut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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