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Feb 29, 2012
This week's theme
Words with hidden animals

This week's words
capricious
bucolic
cuckold
lyceum
jubilee

A reed warbler raising the young of a cuckoo
A reed warbler raising the young of a cuckoo
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cuckold

PRONUNCIATION:
(KUHk-uhld)

MEANING:
noun: A man whose wife is unfaithful.
verb tr.: To make a cuckold of a husband.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French cucu (cuckoo) + -ald (pejorative suffix), from the female cuckoo's habit of leaving eggs in another bird's nest. Earliest documented use: 1250.

USAGE:
"Upon release from the trunk of the car, the man told the police that he was kidnapped by the jealous husband of a woman. The alleged cuckold, Ruslan Ivkin denied the motive."
Man Found in Car Trunk; The Moscow Times (Russia); Jan 12, 2012.

See more usage examples of cuckold in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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