• WordNet 3.6
    • n coot slate-black slow-flying birds somewhat resembling ducks
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Coot A stupid fellow; a simpleton; as, a silly coot .
    • Coot (Zoöl) A wading bird with lobate toes, of the genus Fulica. The common European or bald coot is Fulica atrasee under bald); the American is Fulica Americana
    • Coot (Zoöl) The surf duck or scoter. In the United States all the species of (Œdemia are called coots. See Scoter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n coot A lobiped grallatorial and natatorial bird, of the genus Fulica and family Rallidæ, having the toes broadly lobate, the culmen of the bill extended on the front as a boss or casque, short wings, a very short, cocked-up tail, or bobtail, and thick and duck-like plumage on the under surface of the body. In the coots the body is more depressed than in the rails and gallinules, their nearest relatives. They swim with ease, build a large coarse nest of reeds and rank herbage by the water's edge, and lay numerous creamy eggs spotted in dark colors. There are 12 or more species, of most parts of the world, much resembling one another, all being blackish or slate-colored, and about 15 inches long. The common or bald coot of Europe is F. atra; that of America is F. americana, sometimes called shuffler. The flesh is edible.
    • n coot The foolish guillemot, Lomviatroile.
    • n coot A scoter; one of the large black sea-ducks of the genera (Edemia, Pelionetta, and Melanetta. The black scoter, (Edemia americana, is called black coot, and the velvet scoter, Melanetta fusca velvetina, is the white-winged coot.
    • n coot A simpleton; a silly fellow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Coot kōōt a short-tailed water-fowl, with a characteristic white spot—an extension of the bill—on the forehead; hence called bald, as in phrase, 'bald as a coot.'
    • n Coot küt (Scot.) the ankle
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Bald as a coot - A person who is completely bald is as bald as a coot.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. D. koet, W. cwtair,; cwta, short, bodtailed + iar, hen; cf. cwtau, to dock. Cf. Cut
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scot.; cf. Dut. koot; Flem. keute.


In literature:

Captain Coote, take yours to the left.
"Athelstane Ford" by Allen Upward
Anyway, I don't like this coot's looks.
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker
Boris was sore as a boiled oil, crazy as a coot.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
The coots, unlike all other coots, too, actually swim up to be fed.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
The Scoter has as many names as characteristics, being called the Sea Coot, the Butter-billed, and the Hollow-billed Coot.
"Birds, Illustrated by Color Photography [July 1897]" by Various
Col. Harry N. Cootes, Chief of Staff; Major William T. MacMill, Adjutant General.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
So he saw the train start again, and then he sent for Coote.
"The Little Clown" by Thomas Cobb
He sent Major Coote in pursuit of the French almost as far as Benares.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
Coots and water-hens used to come close to the windows and pick up food put out for them.
"Wanderings in South America" by Charles Waterton
The coot is about 18 in.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3" by Various

In poetry:

I see the pool more clear by half
Than pools where other waters laugh
Up at the breasts of coot and rail. There, as she passed it on her way,
I saw reflected yesterday
A maiden with a milking-pail.
"Reflections" by Jean Ingelow
He put his book down when I came,
He took his specs off, patient-like.
He's been in Rome; an' who can blame
The old man if he gets the spike
To be jerked back so suddenly
By some glum-lookin' coot like me.
"Old Bob Blair" by C J Dennis
'E wouldn't play the flute; the sulky cow.
An', after all the trouble that we took
To try an' cheer,'is spirits up some'ow,
'E jes' sat there an' slung a glarsy look
To orl the crowd. The diserbligin' coot!
'E wouldn't play the flute.
"The Disagreeable Musician" by C J Dennis
“Wet, ain’t it?” ‘e sez. Can a man claim I wrongs ‘im
Right there in me shop, when I ups an’ I dongs ‘im?
For I done al me cash –- as ‘e well must remember,
The coot –- in this ‘ere ice-cream joint last September.
"'Wet'" by C J Dennis
Aw, it wuz crook! I swear I never seen
So mean a coot. An' 'e could play a treat -
Play like a blinded angel, for 'e'd been
A star pufformer - played afore the Queen!
An', though 'e knoo we knoo of 'is repute,
'E wouldn't play the flute.
"The Disagreeable Musician" by C J Dennis
'E's sich a coot for takin' sides, as I sez to Doreen.
Sez she, "'Ow can 'e, by 'imself?" Wotever that may mean.
My wife sez little things sometimes that nearly git me riled.
I knoo she meant more than she said be that soft way she smiled.
"Over the Fence" by C J Dennis

In news:

Alec Baldwin calls Hank Williams Jr a " broken-down , senile, racist coot".
"Now, you know I've seen it hotter than this, Coot.".
The awkward, but endearing coot.
Funeral services for Wilbur Earl Haworth , 89, of Jeffersonville, will be at 1 pm Friday, Oct 12, at Coots Funeral Home, Jeffersonville.
USFWS looking for shooters who indiscriminately killed coots, red- tailed hawks.
Just the idea of a bunch of old coots/ toots walking around in their birthday suits makes me shudder.
Laurie Coots, a marketing executive who flies to meetings in other countries twice a week, spent years trying to conquer sleepless nights and chronic jet lag.
Josh Coote and Irish Puy at Shaggy's in Biloxi.
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom talks to members of the media outside the New Zealand Court of Appeals in Wellington September 20, 2012 REUTERS/Mark Coote.
Colton Coots pushes a cart of toys out of the layaway department at Kmart in Jonesboro, Ark.
Capri, a 4-month-old Labrador mix, is also being fostered by the Coots family.
Alec Baldwin Calls Hank Williams Jr a 'Senile, Racist Coot'.
Gatlinburg's Luther 'Coot' Ogle a self-made man.
Shasta climbing ranger Forrest Coots shifts to 'summer' mode.
Video and text by Forrest Coots.