Definition of weathercock in English:


Line breaks: weather|cock
Pronunciation: /ˈwɛðəkɒk


  • A weathervane in the form of a cockerel.
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    • ALL the city's weathervanes and banners and weathercocks held still.
    • The house contains a variety of window shapes, criss-crossing gables, beautiful Art Nouveau stained-glass windows, a corner turret with a weathercock (another one exists on top of the stables).
    • She knew that she was getting nearer; the trees along the sides of the street began to look familiar, and she could almost recognize the old weathercock swinging on the roof.


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  • (Of a boat or aircraft) tend to turn to head into the wind: he sometimes has a problem with the boat weathercocking before she can gather way on a new tack
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    • As usual, it weathercocked a little into the wind and I got some great footage of it coming down.
    • The aircraft then weathercocked into wind and departed the runway.
    • The original boat proved seaworthy, fast and able to carry large amounts of kit, but weathercocked more than was comfortable.

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