nounpl. coots or
- any of a genus (Fulica) of ducklike, freshwater birds of the rail family, with long-lobed toes
- Informal an amusing or eccentric old fellow
Origin of cootMiddle English cote from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Middle Dutch koet
- Any of several waterbirds of the widely distributed genus Fulica, having dark-gray plumage, a black head and neck, and often a white bill.
- See scoter.
- Derogatory An eccentric or crotchety person, especially an old man.
Origin of cootMiddle English cote from Middle Dutch kuut, koet of unknown origin