Cuckoo definition

ko͝oko͝o, ko͝oko͝o
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To repeat continually, as the cuckoo does its call.
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The call or cry of one of these birds.
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The definition of a cuckoo is a type of grayish colored European bird that lays its eggs in the nests of other types of birds, the sound that this type of bird makes or is slang for a crazy person.

An example of cuckoo is the sound made by a bird clock from the Black Forest in Germany.

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(slang) A foolish or crazy person.
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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.
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Any of various other birds of the family Cuculidae.
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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.
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(slang) A crazy or foolish person.
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The call of a cuckoo, which sounds somewhat like its name.
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(slang) Crazy; foolish; silly.
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Crazy; not sane.
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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.
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The sound of that particular bird.
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The bird shaped figure found in Swiss/German clocks (cuckoo clocks) or the clock itself.
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Someone found where they shouldn't be (used especially in the phrase a cuckoo in the nest).
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Someone who is crazy.
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To repeat something incessantly.
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To repeat incessantly, as a cuckoo does its call.
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Lacking in sense; foolish or crazy.
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An imitation of this call.
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To utter or imitate the call of a cuckoo.
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To make the call of a cuckoo.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cuckoo
Plural:
cuckoos

Origin of cuckoo

  • Middle English cuccu of imitative origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French cucu, (French coucou) onomatopoeic, or from Latin cuculus.

    From Wiktionary