Definitions for cuckooˈku ku, ˈkʊk u

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cuck•ooˈku ku, ˈkʊk u(n.; v.; adj.)(pl.)-oos

  1. (n.)any of various usu. slim, stout-billed, long-tailed birds of the order Cuculiformes: many species noted for their brood parasitism.

    Category: Ornithology

  2. a common Eurasian cuckoo, Cuculus canorus, with a monotonously repeated call.

    Category: Ornithology

  3. the call of this cuckoo.

  4. Informal. a crazy or foolish person.

    Category: Status (usage)

  5. (v.t.)to repeat monotonously.

  6. (adj.)Informal. crazy; silly; foolish.

    Category: Status (usage)

Origin of cuckoo:

1200–50; ME cuc(c)u, cuccuk(e) (imit.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. fathead, goof, goofball, bozo, jackass, goose, cuckoo, twat, zany(noun)

    a man who is a stupid incompetent fool

  2. cuckoo(verb)

    any of numerous European and North American birds having pointed wings and a long tail

  3. cuckoo(verb)

    repeat monotonously, like a cuckoo repeats his call


  1. cuckoo(Noun)

    Any of various birds, of the family Cuculidae (from Latin cuculus), famous for laying its eggs in the nests of other species; but especially the common cuckoo, Cuculus canorus, that has a characteristic two-note call

  2. cuckoo(Noun)

    The sound of that particular bird.

  3. cuckoo(Noun)

    The bird shaped figure found in Swiss/German clocks (cuckoo clocks) or the clock itself.

  4. cuckoo(Noun)

    Someone found where they shouldn't be (used especially in the phrase 'A cuckoo in the nest'.)

  5. cuckoo(Noun)

    Someone who is crazy.

  6. cuckoo(Verb)

    To make the call of a cuckoo

  7. cuckoo(Verb)

    To repeat something incessantly

  8. cuckoo(Adjective)

    Crazy; not sane.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cuckoo(noun)

    a bird belonging to Cuculus, Coccyzus, and several allied genera, of many species


  1. Cuckoo

    The cuckoos are a family, Cuculidae, of near passerine birds, named for the Common Cuckoo of Europe. The order Cuculiformes, in addition to the cuckoos, also includes the turacos. Some zoologists and taxonomists have also included the unique Hoatzin in the Cuculiformes, but its taxonomy remains in dispute. The cuckoo family, in addition to those species named as such, also includes the roadrunners, koels, malkohas, couas, coucals and anis. The coucals and anis are sometimes separated as distinct families, the Centropodidae and Crotophagidae respectively. The cuckoos are generally medium sized slender birds. The majority are arboreal, with a sizeable minority that are terrestrial. The family has a cosmopolitan distribution, with the majority of species being tropical. Some species are migratory. The cuckoos feed on insects, insect larvae and a variety of other animals, as well as fruit. Many species are brood parasites, laying their eggs in the nests of other species, but the majority of species raise their own young.

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a bird, named after its call, which lays eggs in the nests of other birds.

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