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) derisive name for a man whose wife is false to him, husband of an adulteress, early 13c. A cuckold is the husband of an adulterous wife the wife of an adulterous husband is a cuckquean. In biology, a cuckold is a male which unwittingly invests parental effort in juveniles who are not genetically his offspring. ) derisive name for a man whose wife is false to him, husband of an adulteress, early 13c. , kukewald, cokewold, from old french cucuault, from cocu (see cuckoo) pejorative suffix -ault, of germanic origin. So called from the female birds alleged habit of changing mates, or her authentic habit of leaving eggs in another birds nest. Etymology from old french cucu (cuckoo) -ald (pejorative suffix), from the female cuckoos habit of leaving eggs in another birds nest. Apparently originated on 4chan in 2014 and migrated to reddit soon after. 10 not the horn-plague, but something worse, had drove the frighted cucks from thence. Love words? You must there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one thats only in the merriam-webster unabridged dictionary. Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to americas largest dictionary, with. Cuckold entered middle english as cukeweld in the owl and the nightingale, from the old french word cucuault, variously spelt. This came from the birds name an onomatopoeic spelling of the sound it makes plus an old pejorative suffix. The connection is more direct in modern french, where a cuckold is simply a cocu. See this video by etymology specialists alliterative for more on.