weathercock

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noun weath·er·cock \ ˈwe-t͟hər-ˌkäk \

Definition of weathercock

1 :a vane often in the figure of a cock mounted so as to turn freely with the wind and show its direction
2 :a person or thing that changes readily or often

Examples of weathercock in a Sentence

  1. when the winds suddenly shifted on social values, the weathercocks wasted no time in proclaiming their newfound passion for conservatism

First Known Use of weathercock

13th century

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