Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Shaped like a horn.
  • adj. Having horns or horn-shaped processes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To give 'horns' to; to make a cuckold of.
  • adj. cornuted

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bearing horns; horned; horn-shaped.
  • adj. Cuckolded.
  • transitive v. To bestow horns upon; to make a cuckold of; to cuckold.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Furnished with horns; horned.
  • In botany, furnished with a horn-like process or spur.
  • Taking the shape of a horn: as, cornute locks (thick locks of hair tapering to a point).
  • Also cornuted.
  • To put horns upon—that is, to make a cuckold.

Etymologies

Latin cornūtus, from cornū, horn; see cornu.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • A lawyer's wife in [6065] Aristaenetus, because her husband was negligent in his business, quando lecto danda opera, threatened to cornute him: and did not stick to tell Philinna, one of her gossips, as much, and that aloud for him to hear: If he follow other men's matters and leave his own, I'll have an orator shall plead my cause, I care not if he know it.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Grotesque; spined and tusked, spiked and antlered, wenned and breasted; as chimerically angled, cusped and cornute as though they were the superangled, supercornute gods of the cusped and angled gods of the Javanese, they strove against the sledge-headed and smiting, the multiarmed and blasting square towers.

    The Metal Monster

  • This amazing structure rested upon a myriad-footed base of crystal, even as had that other cornute fantasy beside which we had met the great Disk.

    The Metal Monster

  • And always where a tusked and cornute shape had been battered down, disintegrated, another arose as huge and as formidable pouring forth upon the squared tower its lightnings, tearing at it with colossal spiked and hooked claws, beating it with incredible spiked and globular fists that were like the clenched hands of some metal

    The Metal Monster

  • The extraordinary cornute oranges described and figured by Ferrari, Gallesio, and other writers on the genus _Citrus_, may be mentioned under this head.

    Vegetable Teratology An Account of the Principal Deviations from the Usual Construction of Plants

  • So the Larrikin stopped and said to him, "Dost thou cry out upon me and call to me with these words, O cornute?"

    Arabian nights. English

  • Each lesson consists of an adventure showing how to cornute a husband, and the fourth runs as follows.

    Arabian nights. English

  • Between them and the Keeper’s planes gleamed the gigantic T-shaped tablet of countless rods which controlled the activities of the cones; that had controlled the shifting of the vanished shields; that manipulated too, perhaps, the energies of whatever similar but smaller cornute ganglia were scattered throughout the City and one of which we had beheld when the Emperor’s guards had blasted Ventnor.

    The Metal Monster

  • "The communications referred to left only the inguinal pores, the number of teats in the female, and the fact of her being cornute or otherwise, doubtful.

    Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon

  • Then he questioned him of his case on yesterday and he told him how he had fared, saying, "O my brother, when the cornute knocked at the door, I would have jumped into the chest; but his wife forbade me and rolled me up in the mat.

    Arabian nights. English

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  • "Now look; it may sound silly and insolent but I have an urgent request. Will you cooperate with me in cornuting your husband?"

    - Nabokov, Ada, or Ardor

    June 5, 2008