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coot

a dark gray aquatic bird; a foolish person: He’s just an old coot.
Not to be confused with:
cute – attractive in a dainty way; pleasingly pretty: a cute puppy; affectedly clever; precious: too old to be acting so unbearably cute

coot

 (ko͞ot)
n.
1. Any of several waterbirds of the widely distributed genus Fulica, having dark-gray plumage, a black head and neck, and often a white bill.
2. See scoter.
3. Derogatory An eccentric or crotchety person, especially an old man.

[Middle English cote, from Middle Dutch kuut, koet, of unknown origin.]

coot

(kuːt)
n
1. (Animals) any aquatic bird of the genus Fulica, esp F. atra of Europe and Asia, having lobed toes, dark plumage, and a white bill with a frontal shield: family Rallidae (rails, crakes, etc)
2. a foolish person, esp an old man (often in the phrase old coot)
[C14: probably from Low German; compare Dutch koet]

coot

(kut)

n.
1. any aquatic rail of the genus Fulica, as F. americana, of North America, and F. atra, of the Old World, characterized by lobate toes.
2. any of various other swimming or diving birds, esp. the scoters.
3. Informal. a foolish or crotchety person, esp. one who is old.
[1250–1300; Middle English cote; akin to Dutch koet]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coot - slate-black slow-flying birds somewhat resembling duckscoot - slate-black slow-flying birds somewhat resembling ducks
rail - any of numerous widely distributed small wading birds of the family Rallidae having short wings and very long toes for running on soft mud
American coot, Fulica americana, marsh hen, mud hen, water hen - a coot found in North America
Fulica atra, Old World coot - a coot found in Eurasia
covert - a flock of coots

coot

noun
Related words
collective noun covert
Translations
focha común

coot

[kuːt] N
1. (Orn) → focha f (común), fúlica f
2. (= fool) → bobo/a m/f

coot

[ˈkuːt] n (= bird) → foulque fco-ownership [ˌkəʊˈəʊnərʃɪp] ncopropriété f

coot

nWasserhuhn nt; bald as a cootvöllig kahl; to be as bald as a cooteine Platte haben (inf)

coot

[kuːt] n (Zool) → folaga
References in classic literature ?
On the other hand, grebes and coots are eminently aquatic, although their toes are only bordered by membrane.
I stood forninst him, an' 'twas not me oi alone that cud tell Peg was dhrunk as a coot.
Can't you imagine him--bald as a coot, with a pair of sponge-bag trousers, a little spotted tie, and a corporation?
Hoold 'em toight,' cried the guard, 'while ar coot treaces.
At Tristan d'Acunha, where, according to Carmichael, there are only two land-birds, there is a coot.
The Coots family is grateful to the court of appeals for its conscientious and well-reasoned decision," the plaintiffs' lawyer Thomas Landry said.
And these coots were about to become a monster amount of jerky and gumbo.
On 17 January 2014 (1100-1145h), I observed an aggregation of ducks, Neotropic cormorants (Phalacrocorax brasilianus), pied-billed grebes (Podilymbus podiceps), and 75 American coots diving to feed on small fish in an artificial lake (1.
Coots are known for their aggressive and feisty attitude in the breeding season.
After Coots was bitten by the snake during a church service, he and his family forbade medical personnel to administer antivenom.
Coots, who appeared on the National Geographic Channel's ''Snake Salvation,'' pastored the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church founded by his grandfather in Middlesboro.
Coots, 42, a Pentecostal pastor from Kentucky, was a star of National Geographic's "Snake Salvation" reality series where he handles snakes and preaches his belief that poisonous snakes will not harm believers as long as they are blessed by God.