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cuckold

[kuhk-uh ld] /ˈkʌk əld/
noun
1.
the husband of an unfaithful wife.
verb (used with object)
2.
to make a cuckold of (a husband).
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English cukeweld, later cok(k)ewold, cukwold < Anglo-French *cucuald (compare Middle French cucuault), equivalent to Old French cocu cuckoo + -ald, -alt pejorative suffix (see ribald); apparently orig. applied to an adulterer, in allusion to the cuckoo's habit of laying its eggs in other birds' nests
Related forms
cuckoldly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for cuckold

cuckold

/ˈkʌkəld/
noun
1.
a man whose wife has committed adultery, often regarded as an object of scorn
verb
2.
(transitive) to make a cuckold of
Derived Forms
cuckoldry, noun
Word Origin
C13 cukeweld, from Old French cucuault, from cucucuckoo; perhaps an allusion to the parasitic cuckoos that lay their eggs in the nests of other birds
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Word Origin and History for cuckold
cuckold
mid-13c., from O.Fr. cucuault, from cucu (see cuckoo) + pejorative suffix. So called from the female bird's alleged habit of changing mates, or her authentic habit of leaving eggs in another bird's nest. The verb is 1580s, from the noun. Related: Cuckoldry (1520s).
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