From Middle English cokolde, cokewold, cockewold, kukwald, kukeweld, from Old French cucuault; a compound of cucu (“cuckoo”) (some varieties of the cuckoo bird lay their eggs in another’s nest) and Old French -auld. Cucu is either a directly derived onomatopoeic derivative of the cuckoo's call, or from Latin cucūlus. Latin cucūlus is a compound of onomatopoeic cucu (compare Late Latin cucus) and the diminutive suffix -ulus.
Old French -auld is from Frankish *-wald (similar suffixes are used in some personal names within other Germanic languages as well; confer English Harold, for instance), a suffixal use of Frankish *wald (“wielder, ruler, leader”), from Proto-Germanic *waldaz (compare German Gewalt, from the related *waldą (“power, might”)), from *waldaną (“to rule”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁- (“to be strong; to rule”).
- Rhymes: -əʊld
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkʌ.kəʊld/, /ˈkʌ.kəld/
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- (US) IPA(key): /ˈkʌ.koʊld/, /ˈkʌ.kəld/
cuckold (plural cuckolds)
- A man married to an unfaithful wife, especially when he is unaware or unaccepting of the fact.
- Synonyms: cornuto, cuck; see also Thesaurus:cuckold
- Coordinate terms: cuckquean; see also Thesaurus:cuckquean
- 1546, François Rabelais, The Third Book, Chapter 36
- If I never marry, I shall never be a cuckold.
- 2001, Goran V. Stanivukovic, Ovid and the Renaissance Body, page 178:
- In the early English drama, no play better approximates Ovid's contemptuous portrait of the willing cuckold than does Thomas Middleton's Chaste Maid in Cheapside (ca. 1612).
- For quotations using this term, see Citations:cuckold.
- (fetishism) A man who is attracted to or aroused by the sexual infidelity of a partner.
- A West Indian plectognath fish, Rhinesomus triqueter.
- The scrawled cowfish, Acanthostracion quadricornis and allied species.
- (transitive) To make a cuckold or cuckquean of someone by being unfaithful, or by seducing their partner or spouse.