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cuck·oo

 (ko͞o′ko͞o, ko͝ok′o͞o)
n. pl. cuck·oos
1.
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.
2. The call or cry of one of these birds.
3. Slang A foolish or crazy person.
tr.v. cuck·ooed, cuck·oo·ing, cuck·oos
To repeat incessantly, as a cuckoo does its call.
adj. Slang
Lacking in sense; foolish or crazy.

[Middle English cuccu, of imitative origin.]

cuckoo

(ˈkʊkuː)
n, pl -oos
1. (Animals) any bird of the family Cuculidae, having pointed wings, a long tail, and zygodactyl feet: order Cuculiformes. Many species, including the European cuckoo (Cuculus canorus), lay their eggs in the nests of other birds and have a two-note call
2. informal an insane or foolish person
adj
informal insane or foolish
interj
an imitation or representation of the call of a cuckoo
vb, -oos, -ooing or -ooed
3. (tr) to repeat over and over
4. (intr) to make the sound imitated by the word cuckoo
[C13: from Old French cucu, of imitative origin; related to German kuckuck, Latin cucūlus, Greek kokkux]

cuck•oo

(ˈku ku, ˈkʊk u)

n., pl. -oos,
v.
adj. n.
1. any of various usu. slim, stout-billed, long-tailed birds of the order Cuculiformes: many species noted for their brood parasitism.
2. a common Eurasian cuckoo, Cuculus canorus, with a monotonously repeated call.
3. the call of this cuckoo.
4. Informal. a crazy or foolish person.
v.t.
5. to repeat monotonously.
adj.
6. Informal. crazy; silly; foolish.
[1200–50; Middle English cuc(c)u, cuccuk(e) (imitative)]

cuckoo


Past participle: cuckooed
Gerund: cuckooing

Imperative
cuckoo
cuckoo
Present
I cuckoo
you cuckoo
he/she/it cuckoos
we cuckoo
you cuckoo
they cuckoo
Preterite
I cuckooed
you cuckooed
he/she/it cuckooed
we cuckooed
you cuckooed
they cuckooed
Present Continuous
I am cuckooing
you are cuckooing
he/she/it is cuckooing
we are cuckooing
you are cuckooing
they are cuckooing
Present Perfect
I have cuckooed
you have cuckooed
he/she/it has cuckooed
we have cuckooed
you have cuckooed
they have cuckooed
Past Continuous
I was cuckooing
you were cuckooing
he/she/it was cuckooing
we were cuckooing
you were cuckooing
they were cuckooing
Past Perfect
I had cuckooed
you had cuckooed
he/she/it had cuckooed
we had cuckooed
you had cuckooed
they had cuckooed
Future
I will cuckoo
you will cuckoo
he/she/it will cuckoo
we will cuckoo
you will cuckoo
they will cuckoo
Future Perfect
I will have cuckooed
you will have cuckooed
he/she/it will have cuckooed
we will have cuckooed
you will have cuckooed
they will have cuckooed
Future Continuous
I will be cuckooing
you will be cuckooing
he/she/it will be cuckooing
we will be cuckooing
you will be cuckooing
they will be cuckooing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been cuckooing
you have been cuckooing
he/she/it has been cuckooing
we have been cuckooing
you have been cuckooing
they have been cuckooing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been cuckooing
you will have been cuckooing
he/she/it will have been cuckooing
we will have been cuckooing
you will have been cuckooing
they will have been cuckooing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been cuckooing
you had been cuckooing
he/she/it had been cuckooing
we had been cuckooing
you had been cuckooing
they had been cuckooing
Conditional
I would cuckoo
you would cuckoo
he/she/it would cuckoo
we would cuckoo
you would cuckoo
they would cuckoo
Past Conditional
I would have cuckooed
you would have cuckooed
he/she/it would have cuckooed
we would have cuckooed
you would have cuckooed
they would have cuckooed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cuckoo - a man who is a stupid incompetent foolcuckoo - a man who is a stupid incompetent fool
fool, muggins, saphead, tomfool, sap - a person who lacks good judgment
2.cuckoo - any of numerous European and North American birds having pointed wings and a long tail
cuculiform bird - birds having zygodactyl feet (except for the touracos)
Cuculidae, family Cuculidae - includes cuckoo; ani; roadrunner
Cuculus canorus, European cuckoo - common cuckoo of Europe having a distinctive two-note call; lays eggs in the nests of other birds
black-billed cuckoo, Coccyzus erythropthalmus - North American cuckoo; builds a nest and rears its own young
chaparral cock, Geococcyx californianus, roadrunner - speedy largely terrestrial bird found from California and Mexico to Texas
ani - black tropical American cuckoo
coucal - Old World ground-living cuckoo having a long dagger-like hind claw
Verb1.cuckoo - repeat monotonously, like a cuckoo repeats his call
echo, repeat - to say again or imitate; "followers echoing the cries of their leaders"

cuckoo

noun
Slang. A person regarded as strange, eccentric, or crazy:
Informal: crank, loon, loony.
adjective
Slang. Afflicted with or exhibiting irrationality and mental unsoundness:
Informal: bonkers, cracked, daffy, gaga, loony.
Chiefly British: crackers.
Idioms: around the bend, crazy as a loon, mad as a hatter, not all there, nutty as a fruitcake, off one's head, off one's rocker, of unsound mind, out of one's mind, sick in the head, stark raving mad.
Translations
وَقْواقوَقْواق، طائر الكوكو
kukačka
gøg
kukolo
kägu
käkikukkuakukkuukukuntahokea
kukavica
kakukk
gaukur
カッコウ
뻐꾸기
gegutė
dzeguze
cuc
kukučka
kukavica
gök
นกชนิดหนึ่งที่วางไข่ในรังนกอื่น
зозуля
chim cu

cuckoo

[ˈkʊkuː]
A. Ncuco m, cuclillo m
B. ADJloco, lelo
C. CPD cuckoo clock Nreloj m de cuco, cucú m

cuckoo

[ˈkʊkuː] n (= bird) → coucou mcuckoo clock npendule f à coucou, coucou m

cuckoo

nKuckuck m; (= insect)Schaumzikade f
adj pred (inf)meschugge (inf); to go cuckooüberschnappen (inf)

cuckoo

:
cuckoo clock
nKuckucksuhr f
cuckoopint
n (Bot) → Gefleckter Aronsstab
cuckoo spit
n (= secretion)Kuckucksspeichel m

cuckoo

[ˈkʊkuː]
1. ncuculo, cucù m inv
2. adj (fam) → tocco/a, matto/a

cuckoo

(ˈkukuː) plural ˈcuckoos noun
a bird, named after its call, which lays eggs in the nests of other birds.

cuckoo

وَقْواق kukačka gøg Kuckuck κούκος cuclillo käki coucou kukavica cuculo カッコウ 뻐꾸기 koekoek gjøk kukułka cuco кукушка gök นกชนิดหนึ่งที่วางไข่ในรังนกอื่น guguk kuşu chim cu 杜鹃
References in classic literature ?
Can you not hear the cuckoo call, even though the lamps may be lit and the winter wind be shrill without?
Instincts comparable with habits, but different in their origin -- Instincts graduated -- Aphides and ants -- Instincts variable -- Domestic instincts, their origin -- Natural instincts of the cuckoo, ostrich, and parasitic bees -- Slave-making ants -- Hive-bee, its cell-making instinct - - Difficulties on the theory of the Natural Selection of instincts -- Neuter or sterile insects -- Summary.
It would be easy to show that several distinct mental actions are commonly embraced by this term; but every one understands what is meant, when it is said that instinct impels the cuckoo to migrate and to lay her eggs in other birds' nests.
I will select only three, out of the several which I shall have to discuss in my future work,--namely, the instinct which leads the cuckoo to lay her eggs in other birds' nests; the slave-making instinct of certain ants; and the comb-making power of the hive-bee: these two latter instincts have generally, and most justly, been ranked by naturalists as the most wonderful of all known instincts.
Twice she uttered her usual cuckoo call, and then gave a hoarse, hurried call and broke down.
Cuckoo, cuckoo, well singest thou, cuckoo; cease thou never now.
For years my pet aversion had been the cuckoo clock; now here I was, at last, right in the creature's home; so wherever I went that distressing "HOO'hoo
According to Azara, this bird, like the cuckoo, deposits its eggs in other birds' nests.
The cuckoo lays its egg in the strange bird's nest, and when the young one is hatched it shoulders its foster-brothers out and breaks at last the nest that has sheltered it.
And, suddenly, while the cuckoo was sounding the half after midnight, a desperate clamour broke out in The Yellow Room.
It was at the dawn of day in the merry Maytime, when hedgerows are green and flowers bedeck the meadows; daisies pied and yellow cuckoo buds and fair primroses all along the briery hedges; when apple buds blossom and sweet birds sing, the lark at dawn of day, the throstle cock and cuckoo; when lads and lasses look upon each other with sweet thoughts; when busy housewives spread their linen to bleach upon the bright green grass.
Poyser, in a hoarse whisper; "Christian folks can't be married like cuckoos, I reckon.