What does cuckoo mean?

Definitions for cuckoo
ˈku ku, ˈkʊk ucuck·oo

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fathead, goof, goofball, bozo, jackass, goose, cuckoo, twat, zanynoun

    a man who is a stupid incompetent fool

  2. cuckooverb

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

  3. cuckooverb

    repeat monotonously, like a cuckoo repeats his call

Wiktionary

  1. cuckoonoun

    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. cuckoonoun

    The sound of that particular bird.

  3. cuckoonoun

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

  4. cuckoonoun

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

  5. cuckoonoun

    Someone who is crazy.

  6. cuckooverb

    To make the call of a cuckoo

  7. cuckooverb

    To repeat something incessantly

  8. cuckooadjective

    Crazy; not sane.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CUCKOOnoun

    Etymology: cwccw, Welsh; cocu, Fr. kockock, Dutch.

    Finding Mopsa, like a cuckoo by a nightingale, alone with Pamela, I came in. Philip Sidney.

    The merry cuckoo, messenger of Spring,
    His trumpet shrill hath thrice already sounded. Edmund Spenser.

    The plainsong cuckoo gray,
    Whose note full many a man doth mark,
    And dares not answer, nay. William Shakespeare.

    Take heed, have open eye; for thieves do foot by night:
    Take heed ere Summer comes, or cuckoo birds affright. William Shakespeare.

    I deduce,
    From the first note the hollow cuckoo sings,
    The symphony of Spring; and touch a theme
    Unknown to fame, the passion of the grove. James Thomson, Spring.

    Why, what a rascal art thou then, to praise him so for running? ————
    —— A horseback, ye cuckoo; ———— but a-foot, he will not budge a foot. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

Wikipedia

  1. Cuckoo

    Cuckoos are birds in the Cuculidae family, the sole taxon in the order Cuculiformes . The cuckoo family includes the common or European cuckoo, roadrunners, koels, malkohas, couas, coucals and anis. The coucals and anis are sometimes separated as distinct families, the Centropodidae and Crotophagidae respectively. The cuckoo order Cuculiformes is one of three that make up the Otidimorphae, the other two being the turacos and the bustards. The family Cuculidae contains 150 species which are divided into 33 genera. The cuckoos are generally medium-sized slender birds. Most species live in trees, though a sizeable minority are ground-dwelling. The family has a cosmopolitan distribution; the majority of species are tropical. Some species are migratory. The cuckoos feed on insects, insect larvae and a variety of other animals, as well as fruit. Some species are brood parasites, laying their eggs in the nests of other species and giving rise to the metaphor cuckoo's egg, but the majority of species raise their own young. Cuckoos have played a role in human culture for thousands of years, appearing in Greek mythology as sacred to the goddess Hera. In Europe, the cuckoo is associated with spring, and with cuckoldry, for example in Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost. In India, cuckoos are sacred to Kamadeva, the god of desire and longing, whereas in Japan, the cuckoo symbolises unrequited love.

ChatGPT

  1. cuckoo

    Cuckoo is a noun that has two main definitions: one refers to a type of bird known for laying its eggs in the nests of other bird species and relying on those birds to raise its young; the other definition is an informal term given to a person who is foolish, naïve, or easily manipulated by others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cuckoonoun

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

  2. Etymology: [OE. coccou, cukkow, F. coucou, prob. of imitative origin; cf. L. cuculus, Gr. , Skr. kkia, G. kuckuk, D. koekoek.]

Wikidata

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cuckoo

    kook′kōō, n. a bird which cries cuckoo, remarkable for laying its eggs in the nests of other birds.—ns. Cuck′oo-bud (Shak.), name of a plant; Cuck′oo-clock, a clock in which the hours are told by a cuckoo-call; Cuck′oo-flow′er, a species of Cardamine—called also Lady's Smock; Cuck′oo-pint, the Wake-robin, Arum maculatum; Cuck′oo-spit, -spit′tle, a frothy spittle, made by many insects parasitic on plants, surrounding the larvæ and pupæ.

Editors Contribution

  1. cuckoo

    A type of bird.

    We love to hear the cuckoo in spring, it has a beautiful sound and call.


    Submitted by MaryC on June 6, 2016  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cuckoo in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cuckoo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of cuckoo in a Sentence

  1. Orson Welles:

    In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.

  2. Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters:

    The duke had a mind that ticked like a clock and, like a clock, it regularly went cuckoo.

  3. Alec Baldwin:

    Oh, this guy might be cuckoo, i've been in rooms with Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un and they made a lot more sense than Dennis Rodman.

  4. Orson Welles:

    In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce The cuckoo clock.

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