Definitions

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

  • n. A weathervane, especially one in the form of a rooster.
  • n. One that is very changeable or fickle.
  • intransitive v. To have a tendency to veer in the direction of the wind. Used of an aircraft or a missile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A weather vane in the shape of a cockerel.
  • v. To turn upwind because of the difference in water pressure on two sides.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A vane, or weather vane; -- so called because originally often in the figure of a cock, turning on the top of a spire with the wind, and showing its direction.
  • n. Hence, any thing or person that turns easily and frequently; one who veers with every change of current opinion; a fickle, inconstant person.
  • transitive v. To supply with a weathercock; to serve as a weathercock for.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To serve as a weathercock to or on.
  • n. A vane or weather-vane; a pointing device, set on the top of a spire or other elevation, and turning with the wind, thus showing its direction. See cut under vane.
  • n. Figuratively, any thing or person that is easily and frequently turned or swayed; a fickle or inconstant person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. weathervane with a vane in the form of a rooster

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Examples

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  • A bad look out, Tomkins, said he, if that rascally old weathercock is to be trusted, the wind's got into the wrong quarter again, and we shall have more rain.

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  • But then that's what happens when you have a weathercock for a leader.

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  • As I said, he is an interesting semeion, or should one have put it more simply as weathercock instead? abraham

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  • High on the roof, an iron weathercock swayed east in the breeze.

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  • “Your loyalty is about as fixed as a weathercock.”

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  • Woodcocks fly fast and direct on migration; so fast “that a pane of plate-glass of an inch thick has been smashed by the contact, and one was actually impaled on the weathercock of one of the churches in Ipswich.”

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  • Mr Fish is a weathercock of a classical kind, he has moved from vague left to fiercer right with age.

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  • The long-forgotten Gen. Cass comes splendidly to life as a chronic drain on the public purse, a spinning weathercock on the crucial issue of the presidential veto, and a Falstaffian boaster about military exploits in which he was only distantly involved.

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  • Although Nietzsche had glimpsed the weathercock of evolution, an agnostic blemish dragged it.

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