coot

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 [ˈkuːt]



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
coot /kut/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a small gray or black and white swimming and diving water bird.
  2. Informal TermsInformal. a foolish or irritating person, esp. one who is elderly.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
coot  (ko̅o̅t),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Birdsany aquatic bird of the genus Fulica, as F. americana, of North America, and F. atra, of the Old World, characterized by lobate toes and short wings and tail.
  2. Birdsany of various other swimming or diving birds, esp. the scoters.
  3. Informal Termsa foolish or crotchety person, esp. one who is old.
  • 1250–1300; Middle English cote; cognate with Dutch koet


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

coot /kuːt/ n
  1. any aquatic bird of the genus Fulica, esp F. atra of Europe and Asia, having lobed toes, dark plumage, and a white bill with a frontal shield: family Rallidae (rails, crakes, etc)
  2. a foolish person, esp an old man (often in the phrase old coot)
Etymology: 14th Century: probably from Low German; compare Dutch koet



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