- A man married to an unfaithful wife (Traditionally, a husband who does not know or accept this position, although current usage sometimes includes one who condones or tolerates her adultery. An accepting husband is more precisely called a "wittol," from the Middle English for "wise knowing cuckold".)
- A comic figure from medieval and Shakespearian drama.
adjective (more cuckoldly, most cuckoldly)
- (transitive) To make a cuckold of someone by being unfaithful, or by seducing his wife.
Etymology: Derived from (term, cucuault) (from (term, cucuOld French, cucu), the Cuckoo bird, some varieties of which lay their eggs in another's nest). Appears in in noun form circa 1250 as (term, cokewald). First known use of the verb form is 1589.
- Possessing the qualities of a cuckold.
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