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cock-a-doodle-doo

[kok-uh-dood-l-doo] /ˈkɒk əˌdud lˈdu/
interjection
1.
(used as a conventionalized expression to suggest the crowing of a rooster, as in stories for children.)
noun, plural cock-a-doodle-doos.
2.
the loud crow of a cock.
3.
Baby Talk. a rooster.
verb (used without object), cock-a-doodle-dooed, cock-a-doodle-dooing.
4.
to crow.
Origin of cock-a-doodle-doo
1565-1575
1565-75; fanciful imitative
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Examples from the Web for cock-a-doodle-doo
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  • "cock-a-doodle-doo," he shouted, imitating the crow of a rooster.

  • I should like to see you jump on a fence and cry ‘cock-a-doodle-doo’ at my father.

    Glyn Severn's Schooldays George Manville Fenn
  • If it is deemed desirable that a little boy should be a cock-a-doodle-doo, then he is a cock-a-doodle-doo.

    By the Christmas Fire Samuel McChord Crothers
  • Over the waste of waters came his shrill 'cock-a-doodle-doo!'

    Miss Elliot's Girls Mrs Mary Spring Corning
  • Suddenly the Overall Boys saw the cock flap his wings and wag his head and cry, "cock-a-doodle-doo!"

    The Overall Boys in Switzerland Eulalie Osgood Grover
  • So he flew up on to the wall, and cried "cock-a-doodle-doo!"

  • A second cock-a-doodle-doo, still louder than the first, was heard close to the door.

  • The rooster up on the fence crowed a very loud "cock-a-doodle-doo!"

    Mother Stories Maud Lindsay
  • We crowed as doth the cock crow,When people passed that road, Cried “cock-a-doodle-doo!”

    Rhymes Old and New M.E.S. Wright
  • There on the gate sat a cock, crying "cock-a-doodle-doo" with all his might.

    The Beacon Second Reader James H. Fassett
British Dictionary definitions for cock-a-doodle-doo

cock-a-doodle-doo

/ˌkɒkəˌduːdəlˈduː/
interjection
1.
an imitation or representation of a cock crowing
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Word Origin and History for cock-a-doodle-doo

1570s, imitative; cf. French cocorico, German kikeriki, Latin cucurire, Russian kikareku, Vietnamese cuc-cu, Arabic ko-ko, etc.

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