Cuck"old (k?k"?ld), n. [OE. kukeweld, cokewold, cokold, fr. OF. coucoul, cucuault, the last syllable being modified by the OE. suffix -wold (see Herald); cf. F. cocu a cuckold, formerly also, a cuckoo, and L. cuculus a cuckoo. The word alludes to the habit of the female cuckoo, who lays her eggs in the nests of other birds, to be hatched by them.]

1.

A man whose wife is unfaithful; the husband of an adulteress.

Shak.

2. Zool. (a)

A West Indian plectognath fish (Ostracion triqueter).

(b)

The cowfish.

 

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Cuck"old, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cuckolded;p. pr. & vb. n. Cuckolding.]

To make a cuckold of, as a husband, by seducing his wife, or by her becoming an adulteress.

Shak.

 

© Webster 1913.

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