cuck·​old·​ry ˈkə-kəl-drē How to pronounce cuckoldry (audio)
: the practice of making cuckolds
: the state of being a cuckold

Examples of cuckoldry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of course another possibility is that cuckoldry of non-Genghiside lineages was rather common in the early years of the Mongol Empire by Genghiside princes, of whom there were legion, legitimate and illegitimate. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 31 Mar. 2012 Nobody’s Hero depicts contemporary globalism’s cuckoldry — the complex ways people act out their own political and psychosexual paradoxes. Armond White, National Review, 21 June 2023 That's pretty impressive, but is about typical for high status males in terms of rates of cuckoldry today. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 28 Dec. 2011 The scope of Egan’s vision is astoundingly personal even as the stories rove global: awkward Manhattan hook-ups, luxury safari getaways, suburban cuckoldry, desert kids, dictators, music producers. Ew Staff,, 25 Nov. 2019 The idea that evolution encourages women to engage in cyclical cuckoldry was certainly an intriguing one. The Economist, 10 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cuckoldry was circa 1529

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“Cuckoldry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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