- A man married to an unfaithful wife (latterly one who condones or tolerates her unfaithfulness).
- (transitive) To make a cuckold of someone by being unfaithful.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
CUCKOLD. The husband of an incontinent wife: cuckolds,
however, are Christians, as we learn by the following story:
An old woman hearing a man call his dog Cuckold, reproved
him sharply, saying, 'Sirrah, are not you ashamed
to call a dog by a Christian's name ?' To cuckold the
parson; to bed with one's wife before she has been churched.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)
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. (Zoöl.) (a)
A West Indian plectognath fish (Ostracion
triqueter). (b) The
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.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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