9 Grammatical Pitfalls
c.1300, cote, used for various water fowl (now limited to Fulica atra and, in North America, F. americana), of uncertain origin. Cf. Dutch meercoet "lake coot." Meaning "silly person, fool" is attested from 1766.
A stupid or silly person, usually an aged one: a harmless old coot (1760s+)Related Terms