coot

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noun \ˈküt\

Definition of coot

  1. 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. 2 :  any of several North American scoters

  3. 3 :  a harmless simple person; broadly :  fellow 4c

Examples of coot in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of coot

Middle English coote; akin to Dutch koet coot


First Known Use: 15th century


COOT Defined for English Language Learners

coot

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noun \ˈküt\

Definition of coot for English Language Learners

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

  • : a strange and usually old man


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