moon·​calf ˈmün-ˌkaf How to pronounce mooncalf (audio)
: a foolish or absent-minded person : simpleton
he was a helpless mooncalf of a man, poorly equipped for a grueling lifePeter Schjeldahl

Examples of mooncalf in a Sentence

he was a helpless mooncalf when it came to making decisions about even the most trivial things

Word History

First Known Use

1614, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mooncalf was in 1614

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Cite this Entry

“Mooncalf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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