Definition of coot in English:


Syllabification: coot
Pronunciation: /ko͞ot


  • 1 (plural same) An aquatic bird of the rail family, with blackish plumage, lobed feet, and a bill that extends back onto the forehead as a horny shield.
    • Genus Fulica, family Rallidae: several species, in particular the widespread F. atra, which has a white bill and frontal shield
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    • Other birds I saw near the pond were coot, moorhen, purple swamphen and a few Gray Wagtails walking around near the water.
    • Of course, native birds such as the American coot, mallard, and Brewer's blackbird also used this valuable oasis.
    • There are the usual species for this wetland habitat mallard, tufted duck, coot, wigeon, teal and mute swan.
  • 2 informal A foolish or eccentric person, typically an old man.
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    • I object to all preachy busybodies, including young coots like Roberts.
    • That's why it's simply not wise for coots like me to look in a mirror.
    • That's right, it was the CD release party for those lovable coots, The Scurvy Pirates.


Middle English: probably of Dutch or Low German origin and related to Dutch koet.

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