any aquatic bird of the genus Fulica, as F. americana, of North America, and F. atra, of the Old World, characterized by lobate toes and short wings and tail.
any of various other swimming or diving birds, especially the scoters.
Informal. a foolish or crotchety person, especially one who is old.
any aquatic bird of the genus Fulica, esp F. atra of Europe and Asia, having lobed toes, dark plumage, and a white bill with a frontal shield: family Rallidae (rails, crakes, etc)
a foolish person, esp an old man (often in the phrase old coot)
c.1300, cote, used for various water fowl (now limited to Fulica atra and, in North America, F. americana), of uncertain origin. Cf. Dutch meercoet “lake coot.” Meaning “silly person, fool” is attested from 1766.
A stupid or silly person, usually an aged one: a harmless old coot (1760s+)
crazy as a loon
[kooch] /kutʃ/ noun 1. . [kooch] /kutʃ/ noun 1. a sinuous, quasi-Oriental dance performed by a woman and characterized chiefly by suggestive gyrating and shaking of the body. /kʊtʃ/ noun 1. a hiding place 2. a room, shed, etc, used for storage: a coal cootch verb 3. (transitive) to hide 4. (often foll by up) […]
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[koo-ter] /ˈku tər/ noun 1. Chiefly Southern U.S. any of several large aquatic turtles of the southern U.S. and northern Mexico. n. name for some types of freshwater terrapin in southern U.S., 1835 (first attested 1827 in phrase drunk as a cooter, but this probably is a colloquial form of unrelated coot), from obsolete verb […]
[koo-tee] /ˈku ti/ noun, Informal. 1. a louse, especially one affecting humans, as the body louse, head louse, or pubic louse. [koo-tee] /ˈku ti/ noun, plural cooties. 1. 1 . [koo-tee] /ˈku ti/ noun, Scot. 1. a wooden container, especially a wooden bowl, for storing or serving food or drink. [koo-tee] /ˈku ti/ noun, plural […]