cuck·​old·​ry | \ ˈkə-kəl-drē How to pronounce cuckoldry (audio) \

Definition of cuckoldry

1 : the practice of making cuckolds
2 : the state of being a cuckold

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The idea that evolution encourages women to engage in cyclical cuckoldry was certainly an intriguing one. The Economist, "The idea that women are cyclical cuckolders bites the dust," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of cuckoldry

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cuckoldry was in 1529

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