cuckoo

A cuckoo is a type of long-tailed bird that's known for laying its eggs in the nests of other birds. In the summer, you're most likely to see cuckoos in various parts of Europe.

The famous German cuckoo clock is named for the cuckoo bird, and the cuckoo sound the clock makes each hour imitates the call of the cuckoo. To make this call is also to cuckoo. Informally, you might refer to eccentric or crazy people or situations as cuckoo. Though this informal meaning is credited to American English, the word has been used to mean "stupid person" since at least the 1580s.

Primary Meanings of cuckoo

1.
nv
any of numerous European and North American birds having pointed wings and a long tail
repeat monotonously, like a cuckoo repeats his call
2.
n
a person who is an incompetent fool
Full Definitions of cuckoo
1

n any of numerous European and North American birds having pointed wings and a long tail

Types:
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Cuculus canorus, European cuckoo
common cuckoo of Europe having a distinctive two-note call; lays eggs in the nests of other birds
Coccyzus erythropthalmus, black-billed cuckoo
North American cuckoo; builds a nest and rears its own young
Geococcyx californianus, chaparral cock, 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
Centropus sinensis, crow pheasant
common coucal of India and China
Centropus phasianinus, pheasant coucal, pheasant cuckoo
Australian bird with a tail like a pheasant
Type of:
cuculiform bird
birds having zygodactyl feet (except for the touracos)

v repeat monotonously, like a cuckoo repeats his call

Type of:
echo, repeat
to say again or imitate
2

n a person who is an incompetent fool

Synonyms:
bozo, fathead, goof, goofball, goose, jackass, zany
Type of:
fool, muggins, sap, saphead, tomfool
a person who lacks good judgment

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