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cuckoo

noun cuck·oo \ ˈkü-(ˌ)kü , ˈku̇- \

Definition of cuckoo

plural cuckoos
1 :a largely grayish-brown European bird (Cuculus canorus) that is a parasite given to laying its eggs in the nests of other birds which hatch them and rear the offspring; broadly :any of a large family (Cuculidae of the order Cuculiformes) to which this bird belongs
2 :the call of the cuckoo
3 :a silly or slightly crackbrained person

Examples of cuckoo in a Sentence

  1. one cuckoo at the campground tried to boil soup in a plastic cup

  2. didn't want to be among those cuckoos who race around the mall the day before Christmas

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Origin and Etymology of cuckoo

Middle English cuccu, of imitative origin


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cuckoo

verb

Definition of cuckoo

transitive verb
:to repeat monotonously as a cuckoo does its call

First Known Use of cuckoo

1648


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cuckoo

adjective

Definition of cuckoo

1 :of, relating to, or resembling the cuckoo
2 :deficient in sense or intelligence :silly

Examples of cuckoo in a Sentence

  1. a cuckoo woman who wandered around town carefully gathering up useless trash

  2. offered a completely cuckoo suggestion for using the defunct strip mall

Recent Examples of cuckoo from the Web

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First Known Use of cuckoo

1627


CUCKOO Defined for English Language Learners

cuckoo

noun

Definition of cuckoo for English Language Learners

  • : a type of bird that lays its eggs in the nests of other birds and that has a call that sounds like its name


cuckoo

adjective

Definition of cuckoo for English Language Learners

  • : silly or crazy

  • : very enthusiastic


CUCKOO Defined for Kids

cuckoo

noun cuck·oo \ ˈkü-kü , ˈku̇- \

Definition of cuckoo for Students

plural cuckoos
1 :a grayish brown European bird that lays eggs in the nests of other birds which hatch and raise them
2 :the call of the cuckoo


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