We understand—who would want to give up the angelic Keita, even if it means raising a cuckoo?
She Said: Jace, their daughter was on the verge of another home invasion at the hands of cuckoo Disfigured Larry.
I heard of a cuckoo that dispossessed a robin of its nest; of another that set a blue jay adrift.
The cuckoo clock struck nine, and Claude made a gesture of annoyance.
The cuckoo sang (she loves the near neighbourhood of man) and flew over the channel towards a little copse.
Perhaps it was only the striking of the cuckoo clock in my room.
First of all, in August, went the cuckoo, seeking a winter resort in the north of Africa.
For it's not I'll be the cuckoo to push you out, McMurrough, lad.
The cuckoo seems such an unpractical and inefficient bird that it is interesting to see it doing things.
America is spared the infliction of this notorious "cuckoo."
mid-13c., from Old French cocu "cuckoo," also "cuckold," echoic of the male bird's mating cry (cf. Greek kokkyx, Latin cuculus, Middle Irish cuach, Sanskrit kokilas). Slang sense of "crazy" (adj.) is American English, 1918, but noun meaning "stupid person" is first recorded 1580s, perhaps from the bird's unvarying, oft-repeated call. The Old English name was geac, cognate with Old Norse gaukr, source of Scottish and northern English gowk. The Germanic words presumably originally were echoic, too, but had drifted in form. Cuckoo clock is from 1789.
Crazy; very eccentric; nutty: Where do you get these cuckoo ideas? (1918+)
A crazy or eccentric person (1581+)
[perhaps because of the bird's monotonous, silly-sounding call]
(Heb. shahaph), from a root meaning "to be lean; slender." This bird is mentioned only in Lev. 11:16 and Deut. 14:15 (R.V., "seamew"). Some have interpreted the Hebrew word by "petrel" or "shearwater" (Puffinus cinereus), which is found on the coast of Syria; others think it denotes the "sea-gull" or "seamew." The common cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) feeds on reptiles and large insects. It is found in Asia and Africa as well as in Europe. It only passes the winter in Palestine. The Arabs suppose it to utter the cry _Yakub_, and hence they call it _tir el-Yakub_; i.e., "Jacob's bird."