nounpl. -·cocks· or -·cock·
- a migratory European shorebird (Scolopax rusticola) with short legs and a long bill, of the same family (Scolopacidae) as snipe: it is hunted as game
- a smaller game bird (Scolopax minor) of the same family that frequents bogs and swampy places of E North America
- Obs. a fool; dupe
Origin of woodcockMiddle English wodekoc from Old English wuducoc from wudu, wood + coc, a cock
nounpl. woodcock, or wood·cocks
Any of several woodland birds of the genus Scolopax found in Eurasia, Africa, and North America, having brownish plumage, short legs, and a long bill. The woodcocks are in the same family as the sandpipers and other shorebirds.
- A surname.