American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A man married to an unfaithful wife.
- v. To make a cuckold of.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A man whose wife is false to him; the husband of an adulteress.
- n. A book-name of the cow-bird, Molothrus ater; so called from its parasitic and polygamous habits.
- n. A name of the cow-fish, Ostracion quadricore: apparently so called from its horns. See cow-fish .
- To dishonor by adultery: said of a wife or her paramour.
- n. A corrupt form of cockle.
- n. A man married to an unfaithful wife, especially when he is unaware or unaccepting of the fact.
- v. transitive To make a cuckold of someone by being unfaithful, or by seducing his wife.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A man whose wife is unfaithful; the husband of an adulteress.
- n. A West Indian plectognath fish (Ostracion triqueter).
- n. The cowfish.
- v. To make a cuckold of, as a husband, by seducing his wife, or by her becoming an adulteress.
- v. be sexually unfaithful to one's partner in marriage
- n. a man whose wife committed adultery
- Derived from Old French cucuault (from cucu, the Cuckoo bird, some varieties of which lay their eggs in another’s nest). Appears in Middle English in noun form circa 1250 as cokewald. First known use of the verb form is 1589. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English cokewald, from Anglo-Norman *cucuald, from cucu, the cuckoo, from Vulgar Latin *cuccūlus, from Latin cucūlus. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The term "cuckold" comes from the Middle English cokewold and refers to a cuckoo hen who lays her eggs in another's nest.”
“Someone explain to the troll that being her cuckold is not something to be boasting about.”
“Four old pudgepots avenging a cuckold is the worst kind of testosterone-laced male ego delusion masquerading as high drama that it has ever been my misfortune to suffer through.”
“The allegory of a cuckold is a man with horns, usually that of a deer.”
“Or cuckolds; for your cuckold is your most terrible tickler of lechery.”
“There will you find that you shall never be a cuckold, that is to say, your wife shall never be”
“She has inflicted upon him the shame of being labelled a cuckold, and thus to be 'A fixed figure for the time of scorn/To point his slow and moving finger at '.”
“He was able to hurt none but himself; by transferring the same ridicule from one to another, he reduced himself to the insignificance of his own magpie, who from his cage calls cuckold at a venture.”
“He was able to hurt none but himself; by transferring the same ridicule from one to another, he destroyed its efficacy; for by showing that what he had said of one he was ready to say of another, he reduced himself to the insignificance of his own magpie, who, from his cage, calls cuckold at a venture.”
“Last to hear about his wife's indiscretions but first to be humiliated by his unfortunate title, the cuckold is the saddest”
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