An example of cuckoo is the sound made by a bird clock from the Black Forest in Germany.
- any of a family (Cuculidae, order Cuculiformes) of birds with a long, slender body, grayish-brown on top and white below: many, including the European species (Cuculus canorus), lay eggs in the nests of other birds, but the American species hatch and rear their own young
- the call of a cuckoo, which sounds somewhat like its name
- an imitation of this call
- Slang a crazy or foolish person
Origin of cuckooMiddle English from Old French coucou, cucu, echoic of the bird's cry
- a. A grayish bird (Cuculus canorus) of Eurasia and Africa that has a characteristic two-note call and lays its eggs in the nests of birds of other species.b. Any of various other birds of the family Cuculidae.
- The call or cry of one of these birds.
- Slang A foolish or crazy person.
transitive verbcuck·ooed, cuck·oo·ing, cuck·oos
Origin of cuckooMiddle English cuccu of imitative origin
- Any of various birds, of the family Cuculidae (from Latin cuculus (“cuckoo”)), 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
- The sound of that particular bird.
- The bird shaped figure found in Swiss/German clocks (cuckoo clocks) or the clock itself.
- Someone found where they shouldn't be (used especially in the phrase a cuckoo in the nest).
- Someone who is crazy.
(third-person singular simple present cuckoos, present participle cuckooing, simple past and past participle cuckooed)
- To make the call of a cuckoo
- To repeat something incessantly
From Old French cucu, (French coucou) onomatopoeic, or from Latin cuculus.