- The definition of a cuckold is a man who has been cheated on by his wife or significant other.
A man whose wife has cheated on him is an example of a cuckold.
- To cuckold is defined as to engage in an affair with someone's wife, or to have an affair on your husband.
- When you have a romantic affair that your husband does not know about, this is an example of a time when you cuckold your husband.
- When you have a romantic affair with another man's wife, this is an example of a time when you cuckold the man.
Origin of cuckoldMiddle English cokewold ; from Old French cucuault ; from cucu (see cuckoo): said to be in allusion to the female bird's habit of changing mates
transitive verbcuck·old·ed, cuck·old·ing, cuck·olds
Origin of cuckoldMiddle English cokewald, from Anglo-Norman *cucuald, from cucu, the cuckoo, from Vulgar Latin *cuccūlus, from Latin cucūlus. Word History: The allusion to the cuckoo on which the word cuckold is based may not be appreciated by those unfamiliar with the nesting habits of certain varieties of this bird. The female of some cuckoos lays its eggs in the nests of other birds, leaving them to be cared for by the resident nesters. This parasitic tendency has given the female bird a figurative reputation for unfaithfulness as well. Hence in Old French we find the word cucuault, composed of cocu, “cuckoo, cuckold,” and the pejorative suffix –ald, used to designate a husband whose wife has wandered afield like the female cuckoo. An earlier assumed form of the Old French word was borrowed into Middle English by way of Anglo-Norman. Middle English cokewold, the ancestor of Modern English cuckold, is first recorded in a work written around 1250.
(third-person singular simple present cuckolds, present participle cuckolding, simple past and past participle cuckolded)
Derived from Old French cucuault (from cucu, the Cuckoo bird, some varieties of which lay their eggs in another’s nest). Appears in Middle English in noun form circa 1250 as cokewald. First known use of the verb form is 1589.