cuck·old (kŭk’əld, ko͝ok’-)
n. A man whose wife is unfaithful.
tr.v. cuck·old·ed, cuck·old·ing, cuck·olds To make a cuckold of.
[Middle English cokewald, from Anglo-Norman *cucuald, from cucu, the cuckoo, from Vulgar Latin *cuccūlus, from Latin cucūlus.]
Word History: The allusion to the cuckoo on which the word cuckold is based may not be appreciated by those unfamiliar with the nesting habits of certain varieties of this bird. The female of some cuckoos lays its eggs in the nests of other birds, leaving them to be cared for by the resident nesters. This parasitic tendency has given the female bird a figurative reputation for unfaithfulness as well. Hence in Old French we find the word cucuault, composed of cocu, "cuckoo, cuckold," and the pejorative suffix -ald, used to designate a husband whose wife has wandered afield like the female cuckoo. An earlier assumed form of the Old French word was borrowed into Middle English by way of Anglo-Norman. Middle English cokewold, the ancestor of Modern English cuckold, is first recorded in a work written around 1250.

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  • Cuckold — is a historic derogatory term for a man who has an unfaithful wife. The word, which has been in recorded use since the 13th century, derives from the cuckoo which gives up nurturing its own by laying eggs in other birds nests. [1] In modern terms …   Wikipedia

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  • Cuckold — Cuck old (k?k ?ld), n. [OE. kukeweld, cokewold, cokold, fr. OF. coucoul, cucuault, the last syllable being modified by the OE. suffix wold (see {Herald}); cf. F. cocu a cuckold, formerly also, a cuckoo, and L. cuculus a cuckoo. The word alludes… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • cuckold — [kuk′əld] n. [ME cokewold < OFr cucuault < cucu (see CUCKOO): said to be in allusion to the female bird s habit of changing mates] a man whose wife has committed adultery vt. to make a cuckold of cuckoldry [kuk′əldrē] n …   English World dictionary

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  • cuckold — I UK [ˈkʌkəʊld] / US [ˈkʌˌkoʊld] noun [countable] Word forms cuckold : singular cuckold plural cuckolds old fashioned an insulting word for a man whose wife has sex with another man II UK [ˈkʌkəʊld] / US [ˈkʌˌkoʊld] verb [transitive] Word forms… …   English dictionary

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