coot


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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 ?
Inglethorp always had an extra large amount of medicine made up at a time, as she dealt with Coot's, the Cash Chemists in Tadminster.
It was only human nature to endeavour to please "The Hall"--especially when it might result in custom being transferred from Coot's to the local establishment.
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. From these facts I believe that the waders, after the innumerable web-footed species, are generally the first colonists of small isolated islands.
On the other hand, grebes and coots are eminently aquatic, although their toes are only bordered by membrane.
However, young coot sometimes face a bigger threat from their parents, who usually give up feeding the young after three or four days.
DEBKAfile's military sources add that an Il-20 Coot has been sighted in the last few days at the Iraqi Al Taqaddum Air base near Baghdad.
He laid the coot on the ground and returned to his wife, hugging her shoulders.
But the coot's shindig had simmered down by the time officials arrived yesterday, with the balloons nowhere to be seen.
Black Coot, Fulica atra is one of the migratory birds who come to Pakistan from Siberia in winter from October-March every year.