cuckoo clock


Definition of cuckoo clock

: a wall or shelf clock that announces the hours by sounds resembling a cuckoo's call

Examples of cuckoo clock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The women live in cottages, each more preposterously shaped than its neighbor: a lighthouse, a circus tent, a toadstool, a cuckoo clock. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, "How Leonora Carrington Feminized Surrealism," 21 Dec. 2020 Then there’s the cuckoo clock, which stumped us for a bit with the abundance of numbers and pictures. Rachel Yang,, "Who is Whatchamacallit on The Masked Singer? Here are all the clues it's this buzzy athlete," 18 Nov. 2020 The store is split in half, with two street entrances lending the feeling of a cuckoo clock with two doors and a line along the floor separating day and night, light and dark. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "Vintage Shops, Markets, and Home Goods Stores to Visit in Rome Right Now," 17 Dec. 2019 Proving the point, clock fan Fritz eagerly explores John’s range of timepieces, including grandfather clocks, cuckoo clocks, and more. oregonlive, "‘American Pickers’ returns to the Northwest to visit ‘the clock king of Oregon’," 7 Sep. 2019 Jim and Carolyn Meyer, both Republicans who did not vote for Mr. Trump, were scooping homemade ice cream in their antique store in downtown Oldenburg amid the old beer steins and cuckoo clocks. New York Times, "Where Celebrating Immigration Means Lederhosen and Sauerkraut Balls," 1 Aug. 2019 In the work in question, the company's iconic blue-and-yellow branding is swathed not on a massive furniture warehouse, but a tiny, intricate, classic Swiss cuckoo clock. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Why There's an Ikea Cuckoo Clock Hanging In a 5-Star Hotel," 15 July 2019 These gadgets have about as much to do with artificial intelligence as does a modern cuckoo clock. Peter Thonemann, WSJ, "‘Gods and Robots’ Review: Men, Myths and Machines," 7 Dec. 2018 Why not turn yourself into a giant, walking cuckoo clock. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "4 Great Halloween Costumes From the PM Archives," 11 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of cuckoo clock

1789, in the meaning defined above

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“Cuckoo clock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cuckoo clock

: a clock that has a toy bird inside of it that comes out and makes a sound like a cuckoo to tell what time it is

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