cuckoo

[ koo-koo, koo k-oo ]SEE DEFINITION OF cuckoo

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The cuckoo clock struck nine, and Claude made a gesture of annoyance.

Perhaps it was only the striking of the cuckoo clock in my room.

When you get the cuckoo into the garden, build a wall round and keep it in.'

For it's not I'll be the cuckoo to push you out, McMurrough, lad.

Come, my cuckoo; here we are at the bottom of the valley; now or never.

"Yes, our lot are pretty good at the cuckoo game," he agreed.

When first discovered it contained two pipit's eggs and the egg of a cuckoo.

The cuckoo is not alone among British birds in its intrusion on other nests.

America is spared the infliction of this notorious "cuckoo."

And what is this cuckoo which has thus bewitched all the poets?

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., from Old French cocu "cuckoo," also "cuckold," echoic of the male bird's mating cry (cf. Greek kokkyx, Latin cuculus, Middle Irish cuach, Sanskrit kokilas). Slang sense of "crazy" (adj.) is American English, 1918, but noun meaning "stupid person" is first recorded 1580s, perhaps from the bird's unvarying, oft-repeated call. The Old English name was geac, cognate with Old Norse gaukr, source of Scottish and northern English gowk. The Germanic words presumably originally were echoic, too, but had drifted in form. Cuckoo clock is from 1789.

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